The Great Big Book of Families
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
BUY – The Great Big Book of Families
Internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 children’s books, Mary Hoffman opens young minds to the diversity of life seen through global families.
A refreshing book which allows children to safely explore new concepts and expand the boundaries of their current views.
In real life, families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Two mummies or two daddies. Fostered, adopted or living with Grandma and Grandpa. Who’s in your family?
Ros Asquith’s illustrations capture a vibrant and engrossing world of people, doing all manner of things. The Great Big Book of Families touches on a number of topics which include, living in a multicultural society, homes, transport, hobbies, celebrations, pets, clothes, food, holidays, jobs, school and feelings.
With candid humour we explore a colourful world of variety. Some parents work from home, some families go on exotic holidays. Some people grow their own food, some like to wear jeans all the time.
Families can have any combination of these things in their lives. After reading this book, it might be fun to create your own characters using different ideas from some of the pages.
There’s a great family tree at the back of the book which will make kids laugh. Have you ever drawn your family tree?
One of the things I really like about this book are the funny and unveiled pictures!
One dad shouts “Shhh” to his kids, who are leaping about shouting and fighting while he plays his drum kit.
A framed family portrait shows two parents looking worn out while holding a crying baby.
A joyful man throws his smiling child into the air on a sunny day.
People share tears and laughter, older siblings are jealous of new babies. Boys wear tutus, grown men cry and cook (not at the same time thankfully). Some families have a blast playing musical instruments together.
What is normal anyway?
Understanding that differences are safe and that situations and moods change, can empower us.
These ideas help to develop a sense of freedom and remind us that anything is possible.
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