Families : A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love

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The concept of the family and the similarities and differences between families are explored here. These photo essays

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Grade 3-8-- Jenness has taken what began as a photographic exhibition at the Children's Museum in Boston and molded the separate parts into a cohesive unit that celebrates the family in all its diversity. Seventeen multiethnic young people describe their families, including their strengths and weaknesses. The "traditional" family appears fleetingly, more an exception than the norm. The variety of family units represented are: adoptive, extended (multigenerational, including those created through a teen pregnancy), bilingual, gay and lesbian, communal (social and spiritual), foster, joint custody, single parent, handicapped parent, and stepfamily. Individual and familial black-and-white photos accompany each single-page textual family portrait; they are relayed with candid sensitivity that will elicit thoughtful and emotional responses from readers and will encourage comparisons to their own family units. A diverse bibliography offers titles ranging from poetry to fiction and nonfictional representations of families. An accessible, attractive work with broad appeal that will provide good fodder for discussion and serve as a genesis for similar class projects. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
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"are relayed with candid sensitivity that will elicit thoughtful and emotional responses from readers and will encourage comparisons to their own family units. . . . An accessible, attractive work with broad appeal." School Library Journal

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