The Great Big Book of Families
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF FAMILIES by Mary Hoffman & Ros Aquith is a beautiful book that talks about the many different types of families and is a great way to start talking about how we can all differ.
This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each page shows one aspect of home life - houses, holidays, schools, pets, feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustrations perfectly complement a charming text from the acclaimed Mary Hoffman. Kids will love poring over these pages again and again.
Hoffman and Asquith reassure readers about something they may already know intuitively: there's no one right way to be a family ("In some families everyone shares their feelings.... Sometimes not everyone in the family feels the same way about things."). Families can be big, small, happy, sad, rich, poor, loud, quiet, mad, good-tempered, worried, or happy-go-lucky," writes Hoffman. "Most families are all of these things some of time."
A celebration of the diverse fabric of kith and kin the world over, The Great Big Book of Families is a great big treat for every family to share.
The War that Saved my Life
Written by Mary Hoffman
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the 2016 Newbery Honor book and winner of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Award.
The War That Saved My Life is a standout coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War II. Wartime brings new, scary things into the characters' lives, from bomb shelters and destroyed homes to the plane crashes that kill the pilots at the nearby air base. Far more troubling, especially to sensitive readers, is the character of Ada and Jamie's abusive mother -- who regularly smacks the kids around and has kept Ada, born with a clubfoot, locked up in one room her whole life -- and who hangs ominously in the background when the kids are relocated to the country for the duration of the war, where they experience care and kindness for the first time in their lives.
Kids and adults will cheer for Ada as she discovers she has value and learns to stand up for herself -- but will her mother take the kids back and destroy it all? There's lots of historical detail about World War II in England, and the evacuation of kids