We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft


619xsdgfail We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft, Tiger Tales, 9781680100549, 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Ten families are highlighted in this book, two parent families, one parent families, adoptive families, families with two fathers, families with two mothers. It is a book of inclusiveness that shows how families no matter their makeup, are more similar than different. The book takes different circumstances and shows each family dealing with that activity, from going to school in the morning, to dealing with a sick child. The over arching theme, though, is that whatever the situation, families stick together and are there when you need them.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Early elementary school children will love this book. It is a great book for a guidance counselor to use as a lesson of inclusiveness and also a starting point for a discussion in a kindergarten class to talk about the different make-up of families.

Who should buy this book? Libraries with children’s rooms. This is a great read-aloud book for a library story hour. It should be included in school libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 4, 2017

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