Tuesday, June 4, 2013

queer-friendly picture books: the family book



the family book

todd parr is well known for his colourful, positive, and quirky children's books. this one looks at many of the ways families differ, but also at the things that they have in common.


the book looks at different family structures including big and small, stepfamilies, adoptive families, queer families, andsingle parent families. it also describes some of the other ways families differ, for example some families like to be noisy, and others like to be quiet, some clean, some messy.

while this book is very much about celebrating difference, there is a focus on the things that all families have in common, and what brings families together, such s celebration, affection, and grief.


this book is bright, bold, straightforward, and engaging. the language is concise and very accessible for early readers. it's a winner.

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