A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'LearyA Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

bySara O'LearyIllustratorQin Leng

Hardcover | September 1, 2016

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When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways - but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them - family of every shape, size and every kind of relation - the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O'Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

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 Progr...
Title:A Family Is a Family Is a FamilyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 8.5 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.5 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554987946

ISBN - 13:9781554987948

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genuine This is now. This book has great visuals and kid shaped quotes about how families exist now; truth & beauty.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for mixed families I was introduced to this book by my school librarian. Perfect for children dealing with a family separation or divorce, kids that are adopted or simply to educate young children about the diversity of families.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book does a terrific job illustrating all the forms a family can take. It's a great way to discuss with children the different make up of families.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ok this book is too hard for young children.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complex Storyline Not suitable for really young children. The situations are a bit complex to grasp.
Date published: 2017-01-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sara O'Leary and A Family Is a Family Is a Family:"The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing . . . A-plus fabulous." - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW"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"This book is highly recommended - not just for teachers in the classroom, but parents (and grandparents) in the home." - Montreal Gazette"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"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"Audacious and obvious both ... this Canadian import undoubtedly belongs on bookshelves everywhere." - BookDragon"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