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Who's in My Family?


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Robie H. Harris is the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Let's Talk About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends, Let's Talk About Where Babies Come From, and Let's Talk About Sex, essential guides for younger children on bodies, babies, families, and health. Robie lives in New York City. Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than a hundred books, including Supermarket!, Up, Down, and Around and Who Has What? She lives in Massachusetts.


PreS-Gr 2-This book sets out to reassure children: "Wherever you live, wherever you go, there are all kinds of families." As readers journey to the zoo with Nellie, Gus, and their family, they learn about where people live, what they eat, their habits and hobbies, and how their families are composed, including references to single parents and same-sex couples. The prose is unadorned and economical, but gentle, and perfect for very young children. Digitally created images are bright and welcoming and feature a host of multicultural characters and diverse families. The conversations between Nellie and Gus featured in speech bubbles alongside the illustrations sweetly reinforce the messages in the broader text: "Right, Gus. Don't worry. I can be your big sister and your friend. And I am!" This book should find a place in classroom libraries, guidance offices, and public libraries.-Alison Donnelly, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Nellie and Gus, the siblings from 2011's Who Has What?, are back for a second Let's Talk About You and Me book, an exploration of the many permutations of family. As the kids visit the zoo and host friends and their parents for dinner, Harris's upbeat, nonjudgmental prose explains that families can diverge in many ways, including what they eat for breakfast, their physical appearances ("In some families, people's eyes are different colors or different shapes"), and what constitutes family membership ("Many family have grown-ups and children in them. Some families have only grown-ups"). But the fundamentals still apply: families "love to be together" and care for one another, even in "mad times" and "sad times." Once again, Harris is encyclopedic without being exhausting; Nellie and Gus's dialogue, however, rarely resembles normal kidspeak ("I can be your big sister AND your friend," Nellie tells Gus. "And I am!"). Westcott fills her spreads with idyllic environments and sunny, diverse characters (human and animal), but with less gripping subject matter than its predecessor, this outing is well-intentioned and useful, yet underwhelming. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

this book is a great starting point for discussing different family structures * CBI recommended reads of 2012 *
A warm and humorous look at different types of families. * The Bookseller *
Warm and humorous. * The Bookseller *

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