The Family Book
Author: Todd Parr
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Little, Brown/Time Warner Book Group/2003
ISBN: 0316738964
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

We'll admit a bias right up front: Todd Parr is one of our favorite authors. Each of his books that we have introduced and read to students has been a big hit—and this one is no exception.

Each page contains one sentence about families. For example, midway through the book we read, "Some families live near each other," which is humorously illustrated by two mouse holes with six sets of eyes peering out. The opposing page counters with, "Some families live far from each other." Here we see two colorful, alien space families on opposite planets.

In addition to living conditions, habits, and physical appearances, Parr also discusses different family structures. "Some families have a stepmom or stepdad and stepsisters or stepbrothers," while "some families have two moms or two dads."

While we learn that families can be quite different from one another, we also learn that families share some things in common. "All families," writes Parr, "are sad when they lose someone they love," and "All families can help each other be strong!"

There is a wonderful vitality to the book thanks to the bold drawings, bright, nearly neon colors, and handwritten text. Add to that an affirming story with an important message, and you have here a definite winner.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis.
©2003 Education Oasis®

About the Author

Todd Parr has written twenty books. His favorite color is blue; his favorite food is macaroni and cheese. He loves the ocean, sea lions, and making people feel good. Be sure to visit Mr. Parr's colorful, creative, and clever website.