A family is a family is a family / written by Sara O'Leary ; illustrated by Qin Leng.

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      Summary: "When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby"--Publisher.
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      Issued also in electronic format.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 November #1

In a familiar scene, a child sits anxiously in her classroom as the teacher asks students to share how their families are different. The girl chooses to go last, unsure of what to say because her family "is not like everybody else's." One by one, her classmates describe their loved ones—a happy array of diverse family arrangements—with something a little embarrassing about each of them. There are the parents who "really like each other. It's kind of gross"; the lesbian moms who sing badly and loudly from the rooftops; the mom who seems to have ordered a baby online; divorced families; interracial families; single-parent families; and families in which everyone looks exactly alike. At the very end, the shy protagonist realizes she has nothing to be worried about and reveals her foster family to be as special as all the rest. Cheerful watercolor illustrations capture the fun and whimsy of this whole cast and make this book a delightful, unsubtle celebration of difference and variety. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

This sweet celebration of all kinds of households opens with a teacher asking students to describe their families. From there, each spread is devoted to a different child's unique family; we see lots of siblings, single children, same-sex parents, divorced parents, interracial parents, a foster family, and more. Leng's digitally painted ink drawings are lively and appealing, casually reflecting the cast's diversity. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 July #3

When the question of what makes one's family "special" comes up in the classroom, O'Leary's (This Is Sadie) young narrator blushes and looks down in shame. "My family is not like everybody else's," she thinks. Then her classmates take turns talking about their own families, and the differences among them are both marked and wonderful. One boy notes, "I have more grandparents than anybody else I know." Another child explains, "There are lots of kids in our family. Mom and Dad just keep coming home with more." There's a joint-custody family, an adoptive family, a blended family, and multicultural families; there are families led by gay couples and by grandparents. By the time the narrator reveals that she's a foster child, she has realized that difference is an essential part of what makes a family a family. Leng's (Happy Birthday, Alice Babette) drawings of domestic life are, like O'Leary's writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Sept.)

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