- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (Sept. 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554987946
- ISBN-13: 978-1554987948
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Family Is a Family Is a Family Hardcover – Sep 1 2016
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The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing . . . A-plus fabulous. (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW 2016-07-02)
This book is highly recommended ― not just for teachers in the classroom, but parents (and grandparents) in the home. (Montreal Gazette 2016-08-31)
Leng's drawings of domestic life are, like O'Leary's writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life. (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 2016-07-18)
A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured. (School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW 2016-10-01)
Audacious and obvious both ... this Canadian import undoubtedly belongs on bookshelves everywhere. (BookDragon 2016-10-11)
Cheerful watercolor illustrations capture the fun and whimsy of this whole cast and make this book a delightful, unsubtle celebration of difference and variety. (Booklist 2016-10-06)
Parents will find this book useful in helping young children understand the different kinds of families they might encounter, while accepting and loving their own. (Canadian Children's Book News 2016-11-01)
About the Author
Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books ― When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Small ― and This Is Sadie, all illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.
Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her most recent books include Away, written by Emil Sher, and A Family Is a Family Is a Family, written by Sara O’Leary, which was selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.
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The story opens to a classroom where a teacher, facing a group of young students, asks them what they think makes their family special. One of the students- our narrator through the story- goes last as their 'family is not like everybody else's' and they are not sure quite what to say. However, as student after student goes on to talk openly about their own family, it becomes evident that every family, no matter the makeup, is not only unique but also, quite simply, is a family. Striking a wonderfully fanciful, sweet and stirring note here- which lessens what could be a 'message'-type tone- is the combination of Sara O'Leary's writing with Qin Leng's illustrations. As the story unfolds and each student shares a uniqueness about their family, readers are treated to: a singular (often funny), short narrative from the student as well as an illustrated depiction of the student's narration. Sara O'Leary's gently sparkling text and Qin Leng's playful ink lines capturing each family wonderfully balance a light yet ultimately meaningful story.
Overall, A Family Is a Family Is a Family is lovely; movingly told and upliftingly illustrated. In my day-to-day as a children's librarian, I can say that this title has already been added to 'family' booklists and recommended multiple times- and it has already been loved and shared by our patrons. Sometimes the brightest and most consequential tales in picture books are those told with a deft hand- and the already-acclaimed Sara O'Leary and Qin Leng have absolutely shone here.
I received a copy of this title courtesy of Groundwood Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.
-Michelle @ Fab Book Reviews
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Talk about diversity. Not only do we find a varied array of family units...we also find characters of all sizes, shapes, and colors!
Very simple text will appeal to y!oung listeners and early readers!
The illustrations are fabulous!
As a former kindergarten teacher, I highly recommend this book for every preschool and early elementary classroom.