A Family Is… (Lisa Thiesing)

Hello, friends! Our book today is A Family Is… by Lisa Thiesing, a sweet look at what makes a family.

There are lots of things that a family is for. For saying “good morning,” having breakfast, and getting dressed. For walking, for helping, and for being together. For parties, for games, for showing off and for cheering on. Most of all, families come in all shapes and sizes, and are best when they’re together.

Light but sweet. With ultra-simple text detailing the various purposes of family and populated by a cast of adorable animal characters, this one isn’t big on innovation but has a timeless message nonetheless. One very nice element is the diversity of the animal families; while some resemble traditional, nuclear families, most of the families are diverse in species, age, size, and gender, implying that families need not be biologically-related or “traditional” to be considered families. The length is fine for a storytime, and JJ did enjoy the little critters in the gentle artwork. Overall, this one is not particularly groundbreaking, but it has a solid theme, a sweet subject, and some very cute art. Overall, Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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