Title: The Family Book
Bibliographic Information: Parr, T. (2003). The family book. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
Annotation: This book sends a great message to all readers that there are lots of different ways to be a family. No matter what a family is like, they are all unique and loved.
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction Picturebook
Grade level: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Readers who will like this book: Readers who are looking for a fun, interesting, short, and entertaining book about different family characteristics.
Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because I love that this book focuses on all different aspects you will find in families. The illustrations in this book are very powerful, and show that no one is the same. The book is very vibrant to keep the reader engaged and does a good job expressing the differences within a family.
Question I would ask before the reading: What is one characteristic that explains your family?
For this book I would use the Possible Sentences (Tompkins, p.83) reading strategy. Possible Sentences is a prereading activity where the students’ write sentences about background knowledge on a certain topic, make predictions, and on academic vocabulary. Examples on sentences they could write include: What a family is. Predict what the book is about. What they know about families.
After the reading they look back at the sentences they created and change them if they are not accurate. This strategy is appropriate for this book because students use context as a clue to meaning.