Mary Ann Hoberman

All Kinds of Families!

All Kinds of Families!

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • 2009 • 40 pages • ISBN: 978-0-3161-4633-3

All Kinds of Families

illustrated by Marc Boutavant

In rollicking rhythm and rhyme, this new book shows readers that families, large and small, real and fantastic, are all around us. From celery stalks to pocket change, from beach shells to sticks and stones in the yard, the objects we group together can form families, just like the ones we belong to. In his first American picture book, popular French illustrator Marc Boutavant has joined with Hoberman to create an exuberant world overflowing with bright and beautiful objects guaranteed to set young imaginations flying!

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All Kinds of Families - Main Idea & Key Details by Janie Garcia

For Educators

Students’ family structures vary now perhaps more than ever before. It’s therefore important for teachers to be inclusive of all types of families when it comes to communication, assignments and many other aspects of classroom life. Read more at Education World.


School Library Journal
“Hoberman has tackled the elusive question of what makes a family a family in this sometimes silly, sometimes serious book of rhymes. She likens families to numerous items that share a relationship and are inherently the same. Her refrain says it all, "Bottle caps, gingersnaps, buttons, or rings/You can make families from all sorts of things!" Other families include tools, balloons, thimbles, and marbles, but the verses make it clear that human families are much more than a conglomeration of like, easily categorized, things; they share a human history and the promise of many more families to come. No matter what, making a family is about seeing the likenesses, not the differences. Boutavant provides colorful illustrations that vary from page to page, but as a group, complement the rhymes.”