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Families Are Different

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  57 reviews
An adopted Korean girl discovers that all families are different.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Holiday House
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Autumn Shelburne
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome meaning behind this book! Loved it.
Jun 22, 2011 added it
Shelves: family
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
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Jacqueline Hanson
Reading Level: L
Book Level: 2.6
Book Summary: This book is about an adopted Korean girl who doesn't want to go to family night at her school because she doesn't look like her family. Throughout the story, she learns that every family looks a little different in different ways. Sometimes they're different in size or skin color or hair color, but no matter what, every family is full of love and that's what matters.

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I read this book with my kindergartners this fall and it wa
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a girl named Nico and her sister Angel who are adopted from Korea. She understands that she is loved by her parents who adopted her even though she is biologically not theirs. She had some internal issues about how she did not look like her family, but her mother told her that all children do not always look like their parents but they are glued by love. She then realizes that her mother was right! She saw a bi-racial family, a family with a single mother, a family who looks ...more
Destinee Sutton
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It's so funny to read reviews that say this book does not include same-sex parents (true, it doesn't in the text) and then read reviews that say this book *does* include same-sex parents. I think it's because one of the illustrations has parents who look like they could be lesbians -- but it's subjective. The pages aren't numbered, but it's the "big" blonde family ("They all look alike, even their dog, Sparky.")

My daughter was recently watching Daniel Tiger and commented that Miss Elaina's mom
Maliha Arman
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ga-pre-k-books
This book is an excellent way to introduce different multicultural families. Its shows the differences between children that are adopted and those that are born into the family. This book has rich and new vocabulary words that your child may never heard of such as: adopted, Korea, strange and different. The images compare different types of families, those that have a step mom, or are growing up with grandparents. Allows each child to relate to some of the families in the book.
Carlie Johnson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: Preschool-2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Review: I really like this book because not all families are the same. Everyone family has their own story and different members. It’s a great book for children because they realize that there are different types of families. It also helps them to realize that there are family somewhere that is just like their family.
Natasha Richards
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
This book is very awesome. It shows each child that its okay to be different. No one will love them no less for being different. Each person and family is different and there is nothing wrong with that.
Michelle Glenn
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecce-2115-family
This book discusses the true meaning of family. Encourages great discussion, although a family may not be biological, doesn't make them any less of family. Illustrations are different, but still provide color and contrast. The concept of loving all people was definitely expressed when reading.
Sonya Bausinger
This book is about a girl and her sister who are adopted and struggling with the fact that they don't look like their family. I like that it talks about all types of families and how each one is different in their own way.
Mary Greer Thomas
An amazing all around book for young children. This book touches on the diversity of our families and the world in which we live. This is a great book to start a discussion on families, diversity and social/emotional skills with young children.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sweet book brought back childhood memories.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discusses Different Families and how all families are different and are all unique
Dayona Williams
This book teaches a valuable lesson not only to just children who are adopted but also to children who may not quite understand that their peers may be adopted. This realistic fiction talks about real life situations. Pellegrini stresses in this book how no matter where you've come from you still can have a loving family. She focuses on showing divorced families, adopted families, parents who may have remarried, as well as families who look exactly alike. Showing children this and letting them k ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Janice Redding
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Janet C-B
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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