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Me and My Family Tree

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Following the successful model of Me on the Map, Sweeney demystifies an abstract concept by presenting it from a child's point of view. In Me and My Family Tree, a young girl uses simple language, her own childlike drawings, and diagrams to explain how the members of her family are related to each other and to her. Clear, colorful, detailed artwork and a fill-in family tre ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 25th 2000 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1999)
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There's technically nothing wrong with this, but I didn't like it very much. In its defense, I've yet to find a picture book about genealogy that I've really liked. This one covers all the bases: there's a fictional kid creating her family tree using her fictional family. She colors circles for each person and arranges them on her family tree. Except why it's called a family tree is never explained. The family members and their connections are told, the circles are glued on the tree, but the fam ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great book to introduce family connections. Simple language explains how families are related.
This is a pretty good picture book aimed at primary-aged children who are curious about their roots. A little girl is making a family tree, and as she creates each part, she explains who these people are and why they belong in the picture. I like the way the illustrations consistently show common physical traits throughout the book. For example, the narrator’s brother has an upturned mouth and so does her father, and you can see a bit of a resemblance in the father’s father, her grandfather. Thi ...more
Rebecca Martin
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, math, art-project
This is a book to use to introduce family trees and have a math lesson. The teacher can read this book to the students and have them count how many siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. that are listed on each page. Then the students can create their own family trees using construction paper. After they decorate their trees, they will create a list of the members in their families. The teacher can then help the students make a classroom graph of their family members. For homework the students can bring ...more
Alicia Thompson
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sotw, homeschool
This book was recommended in a homeschool history resource we use. my first grader can read it without difficulty. He seems to enjoy it. Nothing exciting. Certainly covers the material in a clear way. There is a slight sense of Asian stereotype in the book. The narrator of the story, a child, has an Aunt Sally that is married to an Uncle Lee, who is obviously Asian. The artistic representation of the family members on the train predominately white people with wide-open eyes and then there are th ...more
Diressa Belcher
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
This is a great book because children are exposed to families from all over the world. Children are also able to ask, "Where did I come from?" and "Who do I look like?" The book is a great resource for families and schools because it allows children to learn about diverse families. The book's illustrations are beautiful because they incorporate cultural diversity.

The book can be used as a science lesson in order to create a family tree.


Sweeney, Joan. (1999). Me and My Family Tree. New
Sophia Martin
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book can be a great segway into student's very own family tree projects. It simply tells who all is in the family tree, how they are related and each of their titles. It also encompasses a blank family tree in the back for students to use.
Jasmin Garcia
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
What a great book for introducing diverse families and family backgrounds. The end of text example is great for beginning of the year activities to get to know each other or for general family history.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This cute book provides a simple introduction to family history. It isn't groundbreaking, by any means, but the concept is clearly conveyed in a way kids will enjoy.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sagan read this several times himself, then we used it as a guide for making our own family tree and for asking and answering questions about people he knows.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Awesome book to introduce the complex subject of family to children. Wonderful illustrations!
extraordinary ordinary whimsy
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simple but a great segue into making and learning your own family tree. I sketched some of ours for my daughter and let her draw in everyone.
Diana Thomsen
A super simple description of a family tree. Nothing awesome, but still enjoyable. The first grader read it to me, and I read it to the Kindergartner.
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high/scope gading
this also can be a reference for learning about family and knowing how to make a family tree in childrens' way
The Brothers
A very basic explanation of how you are related to people in your close family tree.

Nice illustrations. Has a blank page for setting up your own family tree.
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