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Celebrating Families

3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Presents brief descriptions of many different kinds of families, both traditional and non-traditional.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Scholastic
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Families included:
Leon - African American nuclear family (mom, dad, 3 kids) living in a house in the suburbs
Joseph - 4 generation White family living/working on a farm
Lindsay - divorced White family with apartments and pets
Tommy - single White female head of household in Vermont
Christina - African American family of 2 kids and grandmother living in city housing project
Isaac - 3 White siblings living in foster care with Colombian foster mom and foster brother
Justin - single male head of household
Oct 30, 2012 Juso rated it liked it
This non-fictional text takes the reader on a journey through 14 different, 21st century models of what a family looks like. Told from a third- person point of view, each family is analyzed first, by family structure. Next, a brief description of the home life is offered (ex. "Isaac, Crystal, and Debby live with their foster family who love them and care for them. During the week Sela walks them to school"). As a literacy teacher, I could use this text to introduce personal narratives. The stude ...more
May 18, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Second grade +.

A book of families. Each child shows a picture of his/her family, and a description is given of how that family functions. Divorce, stepfamilies, grandparents, foster families, adoption, etc.. A variety of cultures, homes, and family structures are represented.

Beautiful, clear photographs show true-to-life situations. Wonderful!
Amanda Zell
Mar 24, 2010 Amanda Zell rated it it was ok
Shelves: pbgs-4
While the style of this book seemed to be a little outdated, the overall content was still noteworthy.

Each two page spread consisted of one child's story about their family. The left hand side, for the most part, was always a color picture and would also include the caption of "Meet _____ and his family". The child's name was always "handwritten" in the appropriate palce. Each picture that was on the left hand side of the page would have a caption with all of the names of the family member that
this book is about different families. Lots of colorful photos. Book shows single parent all the way to adoptive famililes. Very informative book for kids. They can relate to it very well by sharing their dynamics at home.
Nichole Perez
Mar 04, 2012 Nichole Perez rated it really liked it
This book does a wonderful job in displaying an accurate portrait of today’s modern families. While this book was up to date in displaying its information of today’s families, I feel more updated pictures need to be presented. I felt that the illustrations were outdated, and the book needed to present current photos to really capture the attention of students. But, I was glad to read a book like this one that showed children there are numerous ways to make-up families. There is no longer a one s ...more
Mairead Lawyer
Apr 22, 2013 Mairead Lawyer marked it as to-read
“Celebrating Families” is a photo book that shows a mix of different families. On the left hand side of the page there is a picture of child with his/her family. The right hand side of the book shows pictures of the families doing various activities such as shopping or cooking. There are also captions that give a quick blurb about the family structure. This is a good book to show to students so that they can see realistic photos of what different families look like.
Wow, this book really runs the gamut of the different families. Included are large extended families, adoptive families (with lesbian parents), foster families, and a family where the dad is in jail. That one surprised me a little bit. Parents and teachers should be aware that lots of questions may arise from this book.
Jasmin Thompson
Apr 24, 2012 Jasmin Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
Celebrating Familiesis a great book to use for a Social Studies lesson on family. This book is about children who are raised in various settings ranging from one family to homeless families to children whose dads are in prison or mother is disabled.
May 13, 2012 Lindsi rated it liked it
this book is about different families. Lots of colorful photos. Book shows single parent all the way to adoptive famililes. Very informative book for kids. They can relate to it very well by sharing their dynamics at home.
Feb 27, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-dynamics
This book is about different family dynamics. It is a non-fiction book. The pictures are old and need to be updated.
Kelly Whelchel
Use in a lesson about different types of families. Single, diveroced, same-sex families, adopted,
Ali Werner
A story about many different children and their families.
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