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Explores in words and pictures what a family is and how families vary in makeup and styles.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Albert Whitman Company
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Ashley Woodall
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This non-fiction children's book includes great descriptions of how families differ from one another. While it does give a variety of topics for readers to explore, it is also very lengthy with no problem and resolution, nor a rich plot, so I feel young children may become uninterested towards the end. However, the book does represent many different races and several perspectives and values. The pictures and descriptions are simplified as much as possible with as much information the text gives, ...more
Morgan
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story talks about how every family is different. This is a great beginner book for introducing family types. This book can provide a lot of text to self relations for students a they find similarities between themselves and the characters in the story.
Megan Burroughs
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: families
The story was a good one, the book describes that not every family is the traditional one. It shows and describes all of the different types of families could be made up and also who makes a family complete. One thing I particularly did not like in this story was one of the illustrations showed a father behind bars and the family coming to visit him. I would not want to bring up bad memories in the classroom due to a students' having family members being locked up.
Ale_meows
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it


This non-fictional children's book is very culturally rich. The book goes through examples of many different families and their celebrations, struggles, traditions, routines, jobs, and even holidays. This book does not have a main character but it instead has many different characters from different cultures. Under one of the illustrations is a picture of a traditionally dressed small indian family sitting on a rug, the author writes under the picture that "families are for caring...loving...sh
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Molly
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This picture book explores in words and pictures what a family is and how families vary in makeup and styles. I think this is a nice book about families, but it could use some updating. It was originally published in 1976 and was probably cutting edge back then as it shows that families are not just made up by the traditional mom, dad and kids, but made up in multiple ways. However, modern families can now include two moms or two dads and it would be nice to see more race types included. So, whi ...more
Larissa
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Simon, Norma, and Joe Lasker. All Kinds of Families. Chicago: A. Whitman, 1976. Print. Ages 8-10. All Kinds of Families is officially one of my favorite picture books. I say this because of the fact that it goes through what families go through, fights, hardships, and all other things. It describes how we as families are never perfect, but when we work together we are going to be the best. It is so revealing and so awesome knowing that no family is perfect. Even when I have thought that my famil ...more
Janice Redding
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the most detailed family books. It not only discuss reasons why each family is different in unique, but it explains the possible people that can make up a family as well. I like this book because not only does it disclose general and detailed information about families, it proves the importance of family. Nevertheless, it depicts that families do not have to live in the same house, have the same last name, which is something that other books do not point out. I also like how ...more
Kelley
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own
Although this book did a good job of explaining some of the different types of families, it was incredibly stereotypical. Not one single family talked about or depicted in this book was made up of members from different races, and there was no mention of gay families either. There were white families, Eskimo families, black families, and other families, but when a black kid and a white kid were drawn together, the page said that "some people who aren't even in the same family have the same last ...more
Marissa Twitchell
All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon is a non-fiction book all about diverse families, who makes up some types of families and how a family is made up of people who you love and care for. I think this book relates to my topic because it involves many types of families that kids can identify with, shows how important every family structure is, and highlights the idea that every family is special. This book creates an interesting approach to explain new types of families kids might be unfamiliar w ...more
Tori Alexander
There are many different types of families in the world. All kinds of families in a creative narrative that kids can identify with, shows how important every family structure is, This book is very fun and nurturing because it introduces many different families kids might be unfamiliar with and asks questions during the book to engage the readers and have them think more about diverse families around them in their community. All kinds of families involves culturally diverse characters in the fami ...more
Barbara
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: community, families
Although I like the fact that this easy-to-read book addresses many family dynamics such as separations, extended families and far-flung families as well as defining what a family is, I wish it had included families with two mothers or two fathers. The descriptions of losses within a family or how families pull together during times of trouble were excellent additions, of course, since families endure challenging times as well as coming together for celebrations, and there is even an illustratio ...more
Heather Brown
Overall, not a bad story, though not particularly exciting. Good for parents to read with their kids or kids to read by themselves (maybe 2nd grade level?). I guess this is technically non-fiction (there's no main character, the author just writes about what makes up a family). The illustrations are cute and simple. I was disappointed at how there were no foster families, gay parents, biracial families, or explicitly stated unwed parents. This could owe to the fact that it was published in 1976 ...more
Don
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leading a discussion on inclusion and diversity using children's and young adult books. This one is good, nice illustrations and is the 40th anniversary edition...updating the "new" definition of family. Not sure a few added lines makes that work nor cover all the ways people have always made their families, not just in the past forty years. Not going to use this one.
Kjartan A.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This was a great book, which I also used for Social Studies Strategies Fair Project. It basically consits of all the different types of families people can have. This was a great book I certainly could use in my kindergarten, as this is really important to talk about with children, in my opinion.
Jack
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owl-k-1
I have the 40th anniversary edition. A great book for K-1, Family reading and discussion.
Janet
a bit stilted but still a keeper
Michelle
I feel like this book could have gotten it's point across with less words. Way too long!
Brittany N
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is great for a discussion on families. It will help students realize that there is no "right" family structure. Each family is unique and special in its own way.
Pamela
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Great book but a little lengthy for my toddlers. Would be really wonderful for 3 to 6 year olds to talk about various ways families are made and composed.
Takeisha Hannor
I think that this is a good book to teach about family structure. I would recommend this book for grades K-5. It offers questions on how to handle peer pressure because of family issues.
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have the special quality of engaging children because they deal with experiences which have rich emotional meaning for them. Her books explore a
wide spectrum of topics ranging from playful accounts of children and pets,
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