A Family is a Family is a Family
by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng
Groundwood Books, 2016
In a classroom setting, a teacher asks students what they thought made their family special. One girl turned red and worried that her family was not like the others. Then one by one, each child shares what their family is like and, of course, some are giant, some are gay, some are deep, some are multi-racial, some have disabilities, etc. She was finally able to share that she has a foster mom. A gentle, safe exploration of how so many families are different. Charming, educational, sweet, without the slightest hint that the reader is ‘learning’. Lovely book.