Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Families Are Different” as Want to Read:
Families Are Different
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Families Are Different

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  50 reviews
An adopted Korean girl discovers that all families are different.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Holiday House
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Families Are Different, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Families Are Different

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Autumn Shelburne
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome meaning behind this book! Loved it.
Sharena
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
Marina
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
Molly
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.
Kayla
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
...more
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.
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.
Brooke
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sweet book brought back childhood memories.
Mort
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
Quentishia
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
Mimi
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
Sarah
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
...more
Megan
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
...more
Cerita
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.



Extensio
...more
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
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
Yvonne Mullen
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Dolly
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
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
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Tasia
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!
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »