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What Is A Family?
What Is A Family?
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Acorn Read-Aloud

What Is A Family?

This book introduces readers to what families are, how each family is different, and how family members are related.

BrandAcorn Read-Aloud
Age Level4-6 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
Trim Size11 13/16 x 9 1/2
Page Count24



Reading Today Online blog - Deanna Day

"The Common Core State Standards suggest that students read more nonfiction literature. This book, part of a new series on families, could help teach young learners to understand how families are different and that a family need not be limited to direct relatives. Each of the titles in this series contains a table of contents, bold headings, highlighted vocabulary words, photographs and an index. In addition, there is a note for parents and teachers on how to read and share this book with children. This particular book asks, "What is a family?" (p. 4). The colorful photographs showcase how different families are by answering, "A family is a group of people who care for each other" (p. 4). After discussing siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, the text then highlights foster parents—adults who care for children to whom they are not related. The text says, "Foster parents help keep children safe" (p. 18). An illustration of a family tree with the different members that make up a family closes the book. -- Deanna Day, Washington State University Vancouver Reading Today Online blog 11/28/2012" - Reading Today Online blog

November 28, 2012

Rebecca Rissman

Rebecca Rissman

Rebecca Rissman is an award-winning children’s author and editor. Her writing has been praised by School Library Journal, Booklist, Creative Child Magazine, and Learning Magazine. She has written more than 200 books about history, culture, science, and art. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking.

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