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Beginnings: How Families Come to Be
In loving words parents and children from six families discuss gently how each family came to be, covering birth families and various kinds of adoptive families.
Published March 1st 1994 by Albert Whitman & Company
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This children’s book consists of six short stories that covers a variety of multicultural types of families ranging from nuclear families, adoptive and foster families, single-parent families, to extended families as parents. The author, Virginia Kroll, effectively captures snippets of what a dialogue about one’s family beginnings between parent(s) and child may sound like by using age-appropriate terminology and explanations (ex. “You grew inside, giving me a basketball belly,” “my ‘now’ mom,” ...more
The stories not only describe all types of family situations (infant and child adoption, international, domestic and single-parent adoption) but also introduce multi-cultural families and different settings (urban, suburban).
Kroll has written numerous children's books since her career started in the mid-80's. Her first book was published in 1992. She started writing when she had her fourth child. Before that, she taught elementary school in Buffalo, NY. She also has written a number of books under the pseudonym Melrose Cooper to mask her tremendous output in so short a time.More about Virginia L. Kroll...