All Kinds of Families: 40th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)


All Kinds of Families: 40th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)

People in a family fit just right together, like all the pieces in a puzzle.

It’s amazing that a book that was first published forty years ago in 1976 can still be as relevant today in terms of two common themes of what makes up a family.  All Kinds of Families was a a book far ahead of its time, and while dated, it drives home the notion that families are ‘people who belong together’ and ‘share a history and future’.  That’s a very broad theme for families in the 1970s and the book delves into mulitcultural and multigenerational families as well as single parents, adopted families, and custodial parents.  This book can still be used as an excellent conversation starter for discussions on what ‘family’ means to children and their own unique life.  The book does a great job in talking about what a family means and how all families offer each other love and support.  I was slightly surprised the book doesn’t mention blended families with step-siblings or half-siblings since the divorce rate was very high in the late 1970s, but this book can easily be a bridge for discussion with children that all families are unique while still having the same definition of what ‘family’ actually means.  I think that is a very comforting idea for young children and am excited this is in our family library collection.


About Albert Whitman & Company:  The Illinois Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing books to help educate, entertain and encourage children for over 90 years!  Wow!  Albert Gayne Whitman was a Chicago-born actor in both radio and film between the years 1904-1957.   Albert Whitman & Company has always been independently owned and operated and is best known for the classic series The Boxcar Children Mysteries.

About the Author: Norma Simon is the beloved author of dozens of books for children including Fire Fighters; All Kinds of Friends; and Nobody’s Perfect, Not Even My Mother.

About the Illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen is the author-illustrator of Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby’s Wedding. She lives in Massachusetts.

All Kinds of Families: 40th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)

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