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The Family Book - Todd Parr

Paperback

Published: 1st May 2010
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old
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The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two mothers or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colours and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families.

About The Author

Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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5.0

A wonderful way to explore families

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read

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    Comments about The Family Book:

    Such a vibrant book

     
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    • Disappointing

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    Comments about The Family Book:

    A little disappointed. Bought off booktopia Australia and mom was the word through it

     
    5.0

    C2C and ACARA curriculum's focus on the family- Prep History

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    from Brisbane, Australia

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    • Ideal For Prep History

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      Comments about The Family Book:

      I used the story as an introduction to discussing the child's family history.

       
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      Product was just what I had ordered

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      4.0

      It works for me / us ….

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      As a sole parent I was looking for books that show a variety of family types, and shows they are all 'normal'. This did the trick. Bright colours, fun language, it's a current bedtime favourite.

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      ISBN: 9780316070409
      ISBN-10: 0316070408
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 2 - 5 years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 32
      Published: 1st May 2010
      Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 9.2  x 0.4
      Weight (kg): 0.16