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One Family

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  194 reviews
From veteran picture book author George Shannon and up-and-coming artist Blanca Gomez comes a playful, interactive counting book that shows how a family can be big or small and comprised of people of a range of ages, genders and races.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Mississippi Library Commission
What a fun and wonderful picture book! While it is a counting book, the main focus is families in all their glorious sizes, colors, and combinations. Highly recommended.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don't let the text deceive you; it's quite closely related to the pictures. (Okay, so the first time through I skimmed it and went 'meh.') But really, it explains how several differently sized families can still be "one."

And the illustrations - they're ambiguous, but I think it's a good thing. Lots of races depicted, as well as a single-parent family. But there are also families where you can't quite tell what gender the parents are, or what the relationships are between the adults. And that's
Oct 02, 2015 added it
i absolutely loved the mood and tone of this story.Very few books have been able to cause me to change immediately while reading. I usually try to read with lots of enthusiasm, but this books makes me want to read in a narrator-style, inviting voice. There are so many ways to use the story to teach.
Great book!
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a counting book, it's a celebration of families, all kinds, and it's wonderful to see and determine just what is being counted on each page. Love seeing the diversity here, and I can't wait to share it with younger children.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I get where this book is going, however, I think it would confuse children. I liked the illustrations and the idea of the book.
One book that is fun to read!
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A joyous look at how different families can be and how very happy people can be in small and large families. The book is a cheery mix of counting book and family size, moving from one person happily sharing her book with her cat to a very large family of ten with grandparents mixed in. The book celebrates diversity in families as well with people of different ethnic backgrounds and gay parents. This picture book will have every child seeing themselves on the page and able to relate, which is ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first read this book on my own as an f&g, it seemed like a nice enough book, but I wasn’t thrilled by it. Reading it with my daughter really changed that for me. It works like a regular counting book, but I was surprised at how much she had to say about all the different families and how they fit together. It was definitely a moment to remember that there can NEVER be enough books that represent diversity for kids, because you can’t anticipate when those categories that you assume ...more
Adrienne Pettinelli
A perfect example of how text and illustrations can work together to make a whole that is a lot bigger than either is alone, which relates to the theme of the book, which BONUS POINTS for Shannon and Gomez. When I see a book like this that works on so many levels--it's an interesting counting book, it explores the concept of numbers in a more-than-superficial way, it has something to say about life--I want to buy tons of copies and hand them to families a lot. Also, the front and back endpapers ...more
Kate Alleman
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, picture-books
My family might look a little different than your family. Sometimes family isn't blood related. Loved this story celebrating all different kinds of families.

Thought about reading this during an App Time with a math theme, but might use it for something else instead...
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: story-time
It does not rhyme, but that didn't stop me from singing the whole thing. Did you need to know that for this review? No, but I told you anyway.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fun, inclusive counting book. Appealing art and so many different types of families add up to a kid-friendly book that celebrates the complexity of what makes a family.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very cute counting book. My only issue is that the items being counted are small illustrations on the page. I think I would only use this with older children or in a one-on-one situation.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these illustrations especially the end papers. So clever! I love how this book explores the concepts of groups having small and big numbers within a group ... and concluding that the whole earth is one group of people, one family. So cute.
Brenna Smotzer
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Counting book
Title (italicize): One Family
Author: George Shannon
Illustrator (if separate from author): Blanca Gomez
Genre: Concept book, diversity
Theme(s): Diversity, compassion, unity
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text):
One is one.
One lamp. One Clock.
One Book to share.

Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): The story shows different families of all different backgrounds on each page. The story is repeating but each page focuses on a new number, up to 10. You have to
A Allen
Dec 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was odd to me. Here is an example from the book:

"One is four.
One ring of keys. One pile of pups.
One family."

The illustration shows a family of four with four puppies and a key ring with four keys, but"one is four" seems like a confusing sentence to me. Also, I was not a fan of the illustrations in this book.
Afiya Charaniya
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-text-set
I was initially underwhelmed after reading this book. I had expected something else when someone had told me that the book was about multi-racial families. Instead of being a book about families, I thought the genre of the book was more children's math. But, I enjoyed the moral of the story which was that no matter where you come from you are "one family." When you are reading the book you notice each page focuses on a different number. But when you look at the illustrations, you see that the ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Diverse picture book (toddler/preschool ages 2+; counting, families)
* Book prominently features diverse characters: a single mom Asian family, a brown-skinned girl with 2 lighter-skinned dads, two kids under the care of their grandparents, a Sikh family, one dark-skinned family, and at least two families of mixed race, with an emphasis on everyone belonging to one community.
* Book is storytime-ready, though a group of wiggly toddlers may have trouble sitting through the whole thing. The
Darcy Grabenstein
Opening: This story is called One Family by George Shannon. It is illustrated by Blanca Gomes. This is a fiction book about families. That means that the pictures and words were created in the imagination of the author and the illustrator. The book Families that we read earlier was a nonfiction book, because it had pictures of real families and the text or words are facts about families. Another fun thing about this book is that it is also a counting book. The author and the illustrator worked ...more
Tibby (she/her)
I didn’t realize it when I requested the book, but this is an interesting twist on the traditional concept counting book. There is plenty to count in the book, but it focuses on the message that a family is a family no matter how many or who is in it. And it does so by examining the use of “one” as a collective number, which is a very abstract idea, but something kids will immediately understand.

The pictures are wonderful. They have that modern vibe that seems to be popular right now (and
Ana Pedraza
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I think one all One Family was a cute book. the book itself was not really a story. It seemed more like a book that incorporated math. Im the book I also noticed that you had to pay close attention to the illustrations because there was very little writing in it. The illustrator is of a different nationality and you can tell that from the pictures. You see different colors and the way that the drawing come to life. In this story there is more diversity based on race. You see all types of skin ...more
Kate Novack
This fiction book is intended to be a counting book as well and a way to teach children that no matter what how big, what race, or culture your family is, it is still a family. I think this book does the best job out of any children's book I have ever read at representing a variety of culture groups. There are African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Spanish people depicted in the illustrations throughout the book. There are also all different types of families represented ...more
Jordyn Braun
1. "Take a moment and think about your family. Is your family really big? Do they all live in the same house? Do they all live in Nebraska, or do they live in different states too? Take one minute to share with your shoulder partner about your family." (students share about their family) "We have been doing a lot of research about our family history and ancestors, and we have discovered that many of us have family members who have lived or moved from many different places! The book that we are ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A counting book that celebrates families of all types, showing there are many different ways to be “one.”

Reasons I love it:
1. Simple text and adorable illustrations celebrates diversity in families. The illustrations show small families and large families, single-parent families, interfaith families, gay parents, interracial parents with biracial children, and people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
2. The illustrations are ambiguous, leaving interpretation of each character’s
Aug 06, 2015 added it
Shelves: j-picture-books
Popularity/appeal rating: 3

Quality rating: 4

In a one-sentence nutshell:
I really liked the illustrations - they were mostly 2-dimensional and uncluttered, which made it easy to pick out fun details (a pair of undies on the floor, a smiling apple on a grocery bag, lots of smiling kitties). Everything with a face was adorable - very happy and cute-looking. The representation of all kinds of families was great, although I was really curious how people of color and an Asian man ended up in the same
Jim Erekson
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I shelved this with informational books, because even though it's in more of a storybook format it's a piece of direct teaching or informative presentation, with clear sermonizing. Because of the preaching, I would have stayed at 3 stars except for the challenge of the thinking in the last half (kudos to Gomez), and the fun play with classifiers that allowed for one thing to be more than one (like one ring of keys or one hand of cards--kudos to Shannon!). This ended up being a much better ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shannon, G. (2015). One family. New York, NY: Frances Foster Books.

One Family by George Shannon
This unique counting book incorporates illustrations to show how diverse families can be, both in race and structure. Each page shows how families can be different sizes, have one or two parents, be one race or multiracial, and can include siblings, grandparents, and more. The illustrations would also open up discussion possibilities about what families do together and what life is like in an urban
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

How many is one? One box of crayons. One batch of cookies. One world. One family.

In this phenomenal picture book, George Shannon and Blanca Gomez treat their readers to a beautiful medley of one, with examples of all kinds of families. There is a ton of diversity throughout, along with depictions of things like single-parent and multi-generational homes. There is also some ambiguity with some of the families that could or could not be same-sex, but
Kristi Betts
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
George Shannon's ONE FAMILY helps the reader to see even though the number one is usually used to represent a single item, it can also tell about a collection of things. Each page shows a comforting scene of a family with text telling how one is represented - "One is three. One house of bears. One bowl of pears". I love the diversity of the families in the drawings by Spanish illustrator Blanca Gomez. One family is presented on each pages starting with a single woman reading a book to a family ...more
One doesn't have to be the loneliest number in the world as this counting book, going from one to ten shows. Families come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and configurations, and the colorful illustrations allow readers to realize just how diverse families can be while having the chance to count the objects on the page. For instance, there are four buildings on the pages with two children in a car and what looks to be two grandparents with a basket of four puppies and four keys on a keyring. ...more
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George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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