1 April 2014

A GOOD BOOK // All Kinds of Families!

There goes another month brushed under the carpet, tucked out of sight and waiting until next year to show its face. To be honest I'm not really sure where this year has gone and there isn't a pause button in sight. So rather than freak out as 2014 flashes before my eyes, I'm celebrating April with this good book.


Before you read on you might remember how much I love Marc Boutavant's illustrations which I've written about here, here and here. Well I have another one to share with you,  a gorgeous book I bought for F when he was only a bump. All Kinds of Families! is a wonderful book introducing the concept of families, large or small,  to young children and looks at how they grow. Written by Children's Poet Laureate, Mary Anne Hoberman, it's no wonder the rhyming sing-song text runs effortlessly through the pages, exploring how everyday objects can be grouped together to create new families, while Boutavant's illustrations brings each object to life with bright colours and quirky characters, including a picnic of spools, animal numbers and moonlit beaches.

If you are the first baby born to your mother 
Your mother's a mother because you are here
if you are the first baby born to your father 
your father's a farther because you appear

The text above seems so simple, as a parent it's plain common sense, but to a toddler who can't fully grasp the concept of life before them, these words are quite poignant. It's a wonderful and interesting  way to explore the nature of families, what makes them, how they grow and how separate things brought together can make a new family, making it inclusive for all children. This beautiful book is certainly one for the bookshelf.

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25 comments

  1. love the little poem! And the illustration are wonderful too of course! x

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  2. Such beautiful illustrations, you always have the prettiest books! x

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  3. what a great poem and illustrations, i love my cildren enjoying books like this

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  4. This sounds a really lovely book. Might buy it for my little (step) grandson. I love books which break new ground, or revisit ideas in an inspired way. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. The illustrations are brilliant - I love the colours and my favourite is the hand and foot, so sweet!

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  6. Love these illustrations! And the passage you've picked out. Adorable x

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  7. What a beautifully illustrated book! Love how bright and colourful it is, will definitely be getting a copy of this for my boys! xxx

    Vikki @Love From Mummy - UK Parenting Lifestyle Blog

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  8. Is this the guy who does Mouk? The illustrations look familiar. We have a gorgeous big Mouk book with reusable stickers that Belle still loves even though she is now 11!

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  9. Wonderful illustrations, lovely and bright x

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  10. this looks fabulous - off to find a copy!

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  11. This sounds like a lovely book, I am a sucker for good illustrations! Going to add this to my son's wish list right now...

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  12. That is a lovely little poem, sounds like a great book :-) x

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  13. What a wonderful book, both physically and conceptually!

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  14. Lovely, this is definitely one I will need to seek out! Such inviting words and illustrations!

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  15. Lovely poem and wonderful illustrations ;)

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  16. What a lovely book and I love that poem too x x

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  17. this book looks gorgeous - the illustrations would keep my two happy for sure

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  18. Gorgeous book. It is hard for them to imagine life before them isn't it? I really thought my mum and dad had always been together and parents x

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  19. This book sounds great #kidsbookaweek

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  20. Looks gorgeous, so bright and colourful!!

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  21. I love these illustrations, can see them really appealing to small children and the adults who are reading with them :)
    Stopping by from #kidsbookaweek

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  22. Love the colours of these illustrations, so bright and well defined

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  23. The illustrations look so inviting and it looks like a wonderful book to share with a child. Thank you so much for linking up to #kidsbookaweek

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