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Nina Pellegrini
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Families Are Different

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Nico and Angel were adopted from Korea when they were babies. Nico struggles with her own identity sometimes until she realizes that just like everyone else -- she is different.
32 pages
Published (first published September 1991)
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I absolutely love this book. This book teaches the concept: there are so many different types of families but they are held together by love. This is a great book to have in your collection.
Kylee Myers
This cute little book is about a young girl named Nico. She has a sister, a dog, a mom, and a dad; the only difference between her and her friends is that she was adopted. Nico narrates this story and talks about how she came to be in this family through adoption. Her best friends, Molly and Anna, live with their biological parents. Nico discusses the frustration of looking different than her parents, because all of her friends look like their parents. The solution to this problem is discovering ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Nico, who is adopted, realizes that some children live with one parent, two parents, or grandparents, and that some children have stepbrothers, stepsisters, and parents who look very different from one another.Nico struggles with her own identity sometimes until she realizes that just like everyone else - she is different.The book is very well written because it has the beginning , middle an end of the story . The conflicts that sometimes appear in children's mind about their identity are ...more
Romanus Elangwe
Apr 15, 2014 Romanus Elangwe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: families
Nico lives in a large town with her family (father, mother, a big sister and a dog).She fights alot with her big sister, Angel but they still love each other. Angel and Nico were adopted. They came from Korea when they were babies; they sometime wear Korean outfits. Their dog's name is Buster. Buster is one of her best friends. Other kindergarten friends are Molly and Anna.Nico and Angel love their mom and dad, but they do not look like them because they are adopted; but mom and dad promised to ...more
Jena Costin
Families are Different by Nina Pelligrini is a wonderful story and read-aloud to introduce the subject of adoption in the classroom. A young girl named Nico who was adopted from Korea at a young age narrates the story. She describes her struggle to understand her identity as she questions why her family doesn’t look like others. As the story progresses Nico realizes that all families are different- varying in size and composition. The central theme of the book is that all families, regardless of ...more
I think this simple book is really important. It describes, with supportive illustrations, different ways to be a family. It cover same sex parents, inter-racial families, families with adopted children, and families with single parents. Granted, it does not cover every possible family structure out there, or even come close, but it does offer diverse perspectives. This simple childrens book doesn't explore the issues of any single family deeply, but instead gives a surface presentation of possi ...more
Megan Burroughs
Oct 18, 2016 Megan Burroughs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: families
This book could be good for all ages, because it explains how there are many different families. This particular family is about a little girl being adopted, at first she felt upset by not looking like her parents. When she observed that her classmates families were not the traditional one she felt more confident in being adopted. The illustrations are nice because not only does the story tell about the different families but also the illustrations show the different families too.
Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini is a children's fiction book that gives the audience a look inside Nicole's life as an adopted child. Nicola, also called Nico, is narrating her story on how her and her older sister Angelica live a normal life in an adopted family. Nico always realized how her and her sister did not favor their parents but it never phased her until she saw how closely other families resembled one another. Nico often felt a sense of sadness and discomfort being that she ...more
Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini is a narrative told from the perspective of six year old girl Nico. She was adopted from Korea as a baby and now, she’s questioning why she doesn’t look like her parents. Nico feels as though she is different because the people in her family don’t look the same as some families do. Nico observed her surroundings and noticed that are families are different. There are small and large families, and families that have grandparents as the guardians. Nina Pell ...more
Tiffany Wideman
This story is about a interracial family that lives in a large town. The narrator Nico looks a lot like her sister but not like her mom and dad because they were adopted from Korea. The author Nina Pellegrini, captures the voice of a child who describes how her mom tells her that there are many different types of family who are glued together by love glue (ex. one boy has a sister and a mom for a family, but not a dad). She talks about many other different families. As a teacher, I will use this ...more
Families Are Different, by Nina Pellegrini, is a story of a little girl named Nico from Korea, who was adopted by her European parents as a baby. In the story Nico, a very observant six year old,questions why she does not look like the rest of the members in her family.
After closely watching her surroundings and the people in her environment, Nico noticed that all families are different; she learned that families can vary in size, and composition. Some families have one parent and some families
Oct 02, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Nico, an adopted child from Korea, doesn't like looking different from everyone. She learns that her family doesn't have to look like her for them to love her. Her mother teaches her that families can come in all shapes and sizes.
Genre: Picture book
Audience: Ages 4-8
Curricular Uses: Shared Reading, Read-Aloud, Independent Reading
Topic: Celebrating differences, International adoption, diversity
Reading Level: Early Readers
Theme: Everyone is different, families come in all shapes and size
Apr 24, 2012 Cerita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It would be great to read to a class, which most likely includes different types of family. This would help even the children of typical families understand or be introduced to the concept of family differences. It could also help children get to know some facts such as what it means to be adopted, and that it is ok to have only one parent. It also gives a message that anyone can be loved no matter how different they are. Plus, the illustrations are enjoyable.

Janice Redding
This book is about a little girl who noticed that she does not resemble her parents; therefore, she thought she was different than other children. Later on, she realized that she was adopted, which caused her to think about other families. As a result, she concludes that every family is different included her. I like this book mainly because it explains that every family is different and has distinctive features. There is no family that looks the same. This book represents single parent, whether ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is picture book about a 6 yr old girl,Nico who was adopted from Korea. She is self conscious when she realizes that she looks different from her parents. Nico starts noticing that not all families have 2 parents and children who look like them. The author illustrates many different combinations of people who define themselves as family. "They are glued together with a special kind of glue named love." This story is well written, engaging and nicely illustrated. I used to read it to my daugh ...more
Yvonne Mullen
Mar 25, 2015 Yvonne Mullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every family is different and that is ok. Nico, an adopted girl, who at first pays little attention to how she looks different than her parents; but over time she begins to see how her friends look like their parents. This book is a perfect read aloud to introduce my All About Me writing unit. In addition, topics such as adoption, family structure and working through the feelings of looking different are eloquently captured. The message Families Are Different, sends will touch every family no ma ...more
James Mead
'Families Are Different' by Nina Pellegrini tells of an adopted girl who is bothered by the fact that she does not look like her parents. She is worried but then her mom points out all the different types of families including ones where the children do not look like their parents. One issue I had with this book was that gay couples were not mentioned at all. Granted this book was written twenty years ago but I would not use it in my classroom. I do not feel it represents everyone fairly. Becau ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet story that shows how all families are different, but that they share a common bond - love. The narrative is short and simple, so this book is good for beginning readers. And the lesson of the story is an important one, letting children know that despite different racial and ethnic backgrounds, biological or adoptive relations, or nuclear or extended family members, the people who make up our family are the people who surround us, care for us and love us unconditionally. Our young ...more
Katie Brown
This is a fantastic book that covers all types of families. I would highly recommend it. These two little girls were adopted and one of them, Nico, begins to realize she looks different than her parents. She starts to feel almost embarrassed by it. Once she starts looking around though, she realizes that all families are different. She sees that some only have 1 parent, some have half siblings and step parents, some look children look just like their parents, and some look nothing like them. It ...more
Shakila Lightfoot
Subgroup: Multicultural Families
Genre: Multicultural; Realistic Fiction
Topics:Different Families
Synopsis: Nico, who is adopted, realizes that some children live with one parent, two parents (may look very different from each other) or even grandparents. She also learns about how some children have stepbrothers and stepsisters and that every child may have a different family and that's fine.
I read this today with my kindergarteners. It did start some excellent discussion about what it means to be a family, how not everyone has to look the same to be related, and how your family is made up of the people who love you. There were some difficulties with the concept of divorce and step-family, but we tried our best. In the end, it was an effective book that brought different cultures and families into the spotlight for a good reading session.
Armanda Campbell
I absolutely loved this book!! This is a book that every teacher should have a copy of in his/her classroom library. It teaches such an important lesson: family is the people that love and support you unconditionally. It shows that all families are different and that the people that make up each family may come from all over the world, but they are still family. This is an easy read and explains that no two families are alike, but the differences are what make us all unique!
Lorraine Robinson
This is a good book for students to understand the different types of family. This would be a great book to build community within the class because it can open up a discussion on the types of families each students has. It also explains some things about adoption. Builds self esteem in students who may be adopted showing them they are loved just like any other children. This book can also be an example of a photo narrative showing the different types of families.
Andrea Thomas, Greenville
I really enjoyed reading this book and think it will fit nicely with a family unit in my classroom. A little girl, Nico, realizes she does not look like her parents becasue she's adopted. At the end of the story, Nico discoveres that she's like everyone, else she's different, just like all other families.
This book does a good job simply describing how there are different families with different family structures. Although it doesn't include every kind of family structure out there, it does show that it doesn't matter what your family looks like or who your family consist of. The important aspect of a family is love.
Oct 29, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would be a wonderful book to read to students to help them understand adoption.This can also help students become aware of the difference in families and still understand that all families are different but they are still very loving.
Nov 12, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This is a great children's story that introduces the concept that families are not always composed of biological children, two parents, and other things that are typical of many families. I would recommend this story for any age up until about fourth grade because it discusses an important topic.
Nico talks to readers about being adopted and about the many different kinds of families that exist. This book would be good to use with students to teach them about multicultural people and how everyone's families can be different.
Kelly Thevenot
Families are different discusses a lot of different types of families. THe book discusses traditional, adoptded, grandparents, and others. It is a great story to read to children who dont come from a traditional family, so they know what else is an option.
Ria Miller
Mar 21, 2011 Ria Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am using this book for a kindergarten family unit I am doing this week. I really like how it is written and the fact that it is from the view point of the writer's own childhood. I think my students will really like this book.
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