Fiction Books My Family Tree and Me (15)

My Family Tree and Me (15)

My Family Tree and Me (15)
Item No. 1183
ISBN-13 978-1-77138-049-2
Format Hardcover
Subject Fiction Nonfiction Tie-In Social Studies Peoples Families Family Tree History Diversity
# of Pages 24
Size 9" x 12"
Author Petricic, Dušan
Reading Interest PreK,K,1,2
Series Singles and Picture Books
Publisher Hachette Book Group: HBG
Date Published 2015
Reviews / Awards Noted YES
 
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Book Reviews: "PreS-Gr 2-Lightly inked and washed with watercolor, each small family grouping forms the background portrait of a succeeding generation-figures in the clothing of their day with detailed surroundings that hint of their history. Small hand-drawn arrows in the page corners and instructions along the edges direct readers to the next page, and the next, or advise them of the best way to view the other side of the family. Children may even spot family features within this diverse group: the final portrait of multi-ethnic and non-traditional family members includes a wide range of ages (from newborn to grandparents), parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, partners, the family dogs, and the boy's neighborhood friend. Brief text follows a pattern and adds humor. VERDICT This is a must-have title with an emphasis on the diversity and the love that binds families together.~ Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX." This one-of-a-kind picture book provides a beautifully simple introduction to the concept of family ancestry. It uses two stories in one to explore a small boy's family tree: the boy tells the family story of his father's side starting from the front of the book, and that of his mother's side starting from the back of the book. Four previous generations are introduced for each, from his great-great-grandparents to his parents. The grand finale in the center of the book reveals the boy's entire extended family, shown in one drawing with all the members from both sides identified by their relationship to him. Of particular interest is the cultural diversity of the boy's family, which includes European and Asian ancestors, and readers can visually interpret the family members' physical characteristics as they get passed on through the generations. Award-winning illustrator Du?an Petri?i?'s classic artwork contains thoughtfully selected details with a touch of play and humor. And, since most of the story is told in the art, this is a wonderful tool for enhancing children's visual literacy as they spend time making connections and looking for clues. This book makes a great springboard for lessons on describing and sharing family histories and naming family relationships. Applicable in-class activities could include having children build their own family trees or imagine and draw portraits of their ancestors featuring period and cultural details. This title also lends itself to discussions on multiculturalism in families and in the larger community.