“Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families”
Laura Purdie Salas’ nonfiction book, Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families celebrates different family systems while informing about each animal.
Laysan albatross chick lives with two moms.
Chinstrap penguins are raised by two dads.
An elephant calf (baby) grows up with his mama in a herd of only female elephants.
When ladybugs are born they do not like their parents.
Just like animals have all different types of families, humans do, too!
Backmatter presents a table explaining the language used for mother and father based on the animals’ origin and a world map to locate where the animals live.
This story promotes creative components of different perspectives, nature, and diversity.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because kids can find their families in the animal kingdom while learning to appreciate other family types. Readers can see the similarities and differences of the words mother and father to compare it to their native language.
TITLE: Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families
AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas
ILLUSTRATOR: Stephanie Fizer Coleman
PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CONCEPTS: family, diversity, acceptance
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, diversity, nature
1) What is your definition of family? After reading the book, count the number of different family types. How is your family alike and different from the animal families?
2) Pick two animals from countries different than the country you live in. What are your animals’ families like? How would you say “family” in the language of the countries your animals live in?
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