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Welcome to the family

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Picture Books Je H
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  Je H
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 306.85 H67
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 306.85 H67
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK HOFFMAN
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK HOFFMAN

This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families - the arrival of new members into a family - and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. The approach will follow the Great Big Book series, with twelve double spreads each exploring one theme, and including lots of humour, jokes and fun along the way. This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message - every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hoffman and Asquith's The Great Big Book of Families (2011) celebrated familial diversity and uniqueness by depicting all sorts of families and their lives. This offshoot hews pretty close to its predecessor, though it is a message that bears repeating. In a series of double-page spreads illuminated by clever Roz Chast-like watercolor cartoons, this book first shows a bright panoply of different living arrangements (as in living alone, with friends, or with one other person), before offering an extensive gallery of various kinds of families. Children will likely see their own family reflected in this generous mirror: biological, adoptive, and foster; families with same-sex parents or stepparents; and birth stories ranging from intrauterine, in vitro, and surrogate. Capsule explanations fill the text along with reassurances, including a repeated one that family life is complicated and isn't always happy. Educational for all readers, with jokey illustrations adding vibrancy.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hoffman and Asquith, the duo behind The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Emotions, explore the many permutations families can take and the feelings they can engender. With forthright prose dashed with humor, Hoffman covers living habits (solo, with friends, as families), different ways children join families (through childbirth, adoption, fostering, or fertility treatments), and families that might include same-sex parents or stepparents ("This is called `blending' two families. But it's not like blending a milkshake; it doesn't always go smoothly"). Asquith's loosely rendered cartoons do their own part to keep the mood upbeat-a recurring teddy bear character offers running commentary ("Making teddies seems easier," it thinks during a discussion of the male and female cells needed to make a baby), and in a scene in which soon-to-be stepsiblings meet, the two sets of kids (and their dogs) all glare at each other, driving home Hoffman's point about milkshakes. With a cast that's diverse both ethnically and in terms of familial makeup, this is a solid resource for families seeking to demystify a variety of topics related to home life. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher London :2014
Contributors Asquith, Ros, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Janetta Otter-Barry books"--Page facing title page.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9781847805928
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