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The Great Big Book of Families - Mary Hoffman

The Great Big Book of Families

By: Mary Hoffman, Ros Asquith (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 1st May 2015
ISBN: 9781847805874
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old

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Provides a useful talking point for young children meeting others whose families are different from their own.

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow - from a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, from families with a disabled member to those with a mum or dad in prison. Mary Hoffman takes a look through children's eyes at the wide varieties of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees - and she concludes that, for most people, their own family is the best one of all! With Ros Asquith's delightful pictures, this book takes a fresh, optimistic look at families of today.

About the Author

Mary Hoffman has written over 90 books for children, that range from picture books to novels. Amazing Grace, first published in 1991, was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has since become a modern classic. Together with its sequels, Grace and Family and Princess Grace, and the storybooks Starring Grace, Encore Grace and Bravo, Grace, it has sold around 1.5 million copies. Her other books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home, Kings and Queens of the Bible and An Angel Just Like Me. She lives in Oxfordshire.

About the Illustrator

Ros Asquith contributes Doris, a regular cartoon feature, to The Guardian. She is the author of the Teenage Worrier books which explore the many anxious moments facing teenagers, suggesting how to solve them with humour and self-reliance. Ros lives in north London.

Industry Reviews

"This clever book is taking a truly 21st Century look at family life... In spite of managing to reflect the reality of life for all families, the book refrains from making value judgements. No family is depicted as better or worse than any other - just different."


'Useful, funny and truthful'


'It's a book packed with detail, humour and interest, reminding us that there is no such thing as `normal' or `abnormal' - we are all equal. ..In terms of diversity in its widest sense, books simply don't get much more inclusive than this.'


'Useful, funny and truthful'

'A wonderfully entertaining celebration of the huge diversity found within contemporary families.'

'It's a book packed with detail, humour and interest, reminding us that there is no such thing as `normal' or `abnormal' - we are all equal. ..In terms of diversity in its widest sense, books simply don't get much more inclusive than this.'

"This clever book is taking a truly 21st Century look at family life... In spite of managing to reflect the reality of life for all families, the book refrains from making value judgements. No family is depicted as better or worse than any other - just different."

Great for diverse families

5

This book is great for all families. It explains to children that families and people are different and that is OK. It promotes social inclusion and promotes reducing stigma. My grandchildren love it and so do I.

Sydney Australia

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An essential book for all to have

5

This book touches on all elements of families; our composition, our backgrounds, our holidays, our living conditions, our work lifestyles, our relationships. It explains all these differences between us without prejudice or put downs, and that it is ok to be different. A definite must have in classrooms and homes.

NSW, Australia

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The Great Big Book of Families

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ISBN: 9781847805874
ISBN-10: 1847805876
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 22.0  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.23

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