Wednesday, February 24, 2016
"One Big Family" by Marc Harshman, Sara Palacios (Illustrations)
My thoughts: This is a warm tale of a family - extended family covering several generations and branches. It is easy to see from the illustrations that they all stem from the same DNA - hence the freckles, red hair, brown hair, and burnt seinna hair. Their faces are all quite similar. Yes, this is a family.
Not only are they linked by their DNA, they are linked by their joy of being together and doing stuff together - eating breakfast, swinging, swimming, picnicking. The story reminds me of a family reunion trip where they all come together from the four corners of their world and reunite as a family bringing opportunities for the young cousins and aunties and uncles to all get to know and fully embrace one another.
The non-rhyming prose (or verse) ends each stanza or thought with a key word in bold print. Opportunities galore for read-aloud sessions with youngsters joining in with the big bold word. I like that contrasts was used some as well... "When the sun stays hot and the water stays cold, little brother says let's swim."
This is a good book to read to youngsters preparing to go to a family reunion or already there with cousins, aunts, and uncles.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eeerdman's Publishing Co. to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for the review.