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*The Family Book* by Todd Parr
Also by Todd Parr:

We Belong Together

It's Okay to Be Different
The Family Book
by Todd Parr
Grades preschool-2nd 32 pages Little, Brown May 2004 Hardcover    

In The Family Book, author/illustrator Todd Parr adds another bright, cheerful, and inspiring story to his rapidly expanding line of books. Here, he introduces children to the concept of a family and all that it represents. As with his other books, he sticks with basic principles, telling children that families may be big or small, and its members may or may not look alike. Further he discusses the facts that families may be comprised of one parent or two as well as step-children or those who are adopted. He mentions that some families celebrate together and eat together while others may live far apart. Either way, they rely on each other for love and support.

One of the most significant draws of Parr’s books is his talent for creating vibrant and distinct illustrations that leap off the pages. The use of color and simple designs creates an infectious atmosphere of goodwill that simply cannot be ignored. Parr’s artistic talent, coupled with his simple but important messages, makes The Family Book one that deserves a permanent place in your library collection.

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