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Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.
Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.
About the Author
Robie H. Harris is the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing! and It’s NOT the Stork!, essential guides for younger children on bodies, babies, families, and health. She lives in New York City.
Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than a hundred books, including Who Has What? She lives in Massachusetts.
A welcome addition.
Harris’s upbeat, nonjudgmental prose explains that families can diverge in many ways.
The prose is unadorned and economical, but gentle, and perfect for very young children. Digitally created images are bright and welcoming and feature a host of multicultural characters and diverse families.
—School Library Journal
Teachers and parents looking for a picture book about diverse families will find this an obvious choice, with its clearly written, inclusive text and its large, cheerful illustrations that show up well from a distance.
Both the message and the models should help adults start a conversation about their own families and provide children warm reassurance that “children and grown-ups and their families really do love one another!”
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books