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Dotlich and illustrator Lyon guide us through a montage of a variety of families; form human to cute animals and back again. She highlights the differences between families in terms of style, traditions and situations. I liked how Dotlich shows a diverse group of families in many situations from Royals to people who whisper all the time. IN her book it is all O.K. I like how she uses rhyme ever so slightly. Its not like a Doctor Sues and not free verse. The reader hardly notices he is reading po ...more
Diversity is the theme of Dotlich's newest book, a picture book poem titled A Family Like Yours. By using partial rhymes such as dine/time, the rhyme never feels forced, and the text has a steady beat to it without sounding singsongy. The line "There are families whose days may seem perfect to you./And families that have bangs and bumps, and most do," is a gentle reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect family, and the book ends on a reassuring note the family that fits "is the family l ...more
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was great for students because the poetry was easy enough for them to understand. Also the story line was great for kids because it really gets the message across that all families are different and its okay to be different. At a young age I think children struggle with trying to find who they are and might find trouble when they realize they are different from other kids. Overall, I would read this to my students and children without worrying about the ...more
Despite the title, this book does not have a particularly diverse representation of families. It focuses on families' interests and behavior, but ignores composition. There are no explicitly adopted children, multigenerational families, same-sex parent couples, families with more than two caregivers, or other minority family compositions. Many children would read this book and not see a family like theirs.
Rebecca is a poet and picture book author of such titles as What is Science? (a 2006 Subaru SB&F prize finalist), and Lemonade Sun (an American Booksellers "Pick of the Lists"). Her work is featured widely in poetry anthologies and textbooks. Rebecca promotes children's poetry, giving presentations and workshops to students, teachers, librarians and writers. She lives in Indiana.