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Author: Laurent Moreau

Illustrator: Laurent Moreau

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet my family! From my big and strong elephant brother to my wise Grandmother Owl and my funny Uncle Bear, my family is special in many ways. We are all unique. What makes your family special? This oversized picture book contrasts the roles of human family members to traits we attribute to animals.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my children liked this book and we read it lots of times. It is oversized and they thought that was neat. They liked the idea that a family would contain animals, and they loved the descriptions of the family members. They had a lot of fun finding the animals on each page.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like the book, too. I liked the lush illustrations and the original story and point of view. I was surprised how funny my kids thought it was. They giggled on every page. The entire premise cracked them up, but I wasn't surprised that they liked it, as it is a sweet book.

Pros: Readers (and page explorers) of all ages will enjoy the lovely illustrations. This is a sweet story whose theme is embracing your differences.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I think this would make a good gift for a toddler. It's a lovely book with beautiful illustrations and a great message. The illustrations are accessible enough for a smaller toddler and the story is meaty enough for an older child.


Educational Themes: With very young listeners, you can add to the story by talking about and/or imitating animal traits. Ask preschoolers and kindergartners what "family animal" they are and why. The story creates a way to engage readers in sharing and understanding what makes them unique.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animals, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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