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In frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family. The range of families profiled in this engaging book reflects the kaleidoscopic diversity of families in America today: there are mixed-race families and immigrant families; families of gay and lesbian couples and very r ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Disney-Hyperion
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Families, by Susan Kuklin, explores 15 families in America. Kuklin uses photographs and interviews to delve into the personalities that make up each group. The kids are honest and open. One child says she has fun with her siblings at times while at other times they get on her nerves. Many of the families are inter-racial while some are families with divorced parents. There is a group where there are two dads, and the daughter explains how they tackled the problem of who would go to mom’s day at ...more
Canadian Reader
This is a lovely looking book. In it the author presents a number of families--from same sex, to multi-generational, mixed-race, and orthodox families. My only real complaint is that there are no captions under family photos to identify the members of the family. Much of the text that accompanies each family photo is written in script form, but the reader can't always determine who is who actually speaking--the younger or the older sister or brother. I wish a Native American/Aboriginal family an ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
What an interesting way Susan Kuklin has decided to discuss families and all that they entail. She takes the idea of melting pot to a whole new level, describing almost every possible make up of families imaginable. I enjoyed that fact that she focused on families not being about who the members are, but the love they share for each other. I also enjoyed how a child from each of the families discussed his or her situation, such as: how they fit into the family, heritage, siblings, and something ...more
Diana V.
Main Characters: 15 families
Point of View: First Person (from the children)
Setting: Varies depending on the families’ home.
Genre: Informational / Multicultural
Lexile Level: 560 L

Organization: This his book consists of interviews with the children from 15 different families, “including mixed-race, immigrant, gay, lesbian, and divorced, as well as single parents and families for whom religion is a focal point.” The interviews focus on the children’s feelings about being part of their family.
Elizabeth Zyer
Why this book?: Adds breadth to the classroom library, as many different types of families are represented.

Genre: Informational

Theme/Keywords: Families, diversity, children as authors

Characteristics of quality: Includes many diverse families and recognizes strengths in each.

Special features: Written by children about their families

Gender of primary character: N/A

Race/ethnicity of primary character: N/A

Cultural considerations: Many different cultures, family structures, and abilities are repres
Published: 2006, Hyperion Books
Age: K-12
This engaging book shows photos of 15 different families with interviews of the children in each family. Each double page shows a family of either a mixed race, or with gay, divorced, or single parents, families that are immigrants, that are of various religions, some that have special needs, or families with adopted children. The children comment about whatever they want, such as an aspect of their life or how they deal with their siblings, parents, or be
Published in 2006 by Hyperion
Interest Level: 4th-7th Grade

This book is an informational text about different children and different types of families. The types and diversity of families is varied and representative of many types of families. I think that the use of interview answers from the children of each family is a great way to represent authentic voices of children and their perspectives of family. There are families of all diversities included, such as those of all ethnicities, mixed-eth
Kuklin interviewed sixteen families, using the kids’ point of view for each entry. From only children to single parent families, from single race to mixed race families, almost every conceivable type of family is given a two page spread in this book. An author’s note at the front of the book tells us why each entry is a little choppy and tells us little about each family’s history—she let the kids tell her about their family and included what they deemed important. A picture of the entire family ...more
Jasmine Springs
Susan Kuklin is an author and a photographer which explains why there are only photographs and no drawings in this book. I enjoyed this book because it contained a variety of families within it. The book included; mixed race families, immigrant families, families of gays and lesbians, large families, small families, etc... Families is non fiction and could be a a great tool to use in many different classroom situations in regards to families. It could also be used from Pre-K to about the fourth ...more

Families’ is a book with testimonies from different types of family dynamics such as lesbian, gay, African American, Asian, etc. The lesbian couple has a son and daughter who talk about their daily routine with their mothers. They talk about how much fun they have and how much they love their mothers. The gay couple who are African American and Caucasian adopted an African American child. She talks about what people ask her when she is seen with her fathers and how their family is just as normal
There are a variety of families photographed in this book, with interviews of the kids. Twins, multiracial, divorce, adoption, two dads, two moms, Jewish, Muslim, Down's Syndrome, etc.

It was a little difficult answering my child's questions. Naturally,the book is not meant to answer those difficult questions, such as "What is divorce?" "What is adoption?" So you have to be prepared with your answers beforehand.
Chris Young
Kuklin presents a photo essay of many types of families in various colors and configurations. The portraits of each family feel intimate and relaxed, never forced or preachy. Every student could benefit from exposure to this book; they will see families similar to their own and learn that there are many other types of families as well.
N_maryellen Rosenblum
Loved this book and the multitude of families, traditional, bi-racial, same-sex, multicultural, etc. that were shown. The photographs were amazing and most of the writing was taken directly from the children being interviewed. This gave the text an more honest-unbiased feel.
Crystal Crites
I enjoyed reading about different families from the kids perspective. This was a great example of a multicultural book that would be fun to share with students!
Marie Summers
Portraits of many kinds of families, told by the children.
An incredibly sweet look at diverse families.
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