The Family Book

Picture Book

Bibliographic Information: Parr, Todd. The Family Book. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2002.

Plot Description:
The book teaches the reader about families, in all their forms, using animal families and humanoid families drawn in all the colors of the rainbow. The book’s moral is that there are many ways to be a family and that they are all valid.

Quantitative Reading Level: Accelerated Reader: 1.8

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, showing the reader many different examples of family units. Two approximately “opposite” families are drawn on facing pages; for example, a big family and a small family. The book is geared towards very small children, with one or two sentences per page. The pictures illustrate an example for the text.

Content Area: English, Family

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson; #4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses; #7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great picture book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 2nd grade and below. It explores themes like family and diversity.

Character Diversity:
All characters have skin in the colors of the rainbow, with equal representation.

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