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Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers

A Collection of Family Poems

Mary Ann Hoberman, Marylin Hafner (Illustrator)


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What is a family?
Who is a family?
Either a lot or a few is a family;
But whether there's ten or there's two in your family,
All of your family plus you is a family!

There is something for everyone in this celebration of families - poems about families of all sizes and configurations, about brothers and sisters, adoptees and stepsiblings, parents and grandparents, even a special ode to the only child. Both poems and Hafner's warm expressive illustrations convey the sense of what makes family life at once so wonderful and so unpredictable. Told from a child's point of view, the poems are perfect for reading alone or in the classroom and for family story times as well.

Praise For Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems

Praise for Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers:
"Thirty wise, witty, neatly constructed poems...Full of insight and lots of fun." -Kirkus

"This humorous collection of poems is a real treasure." -Children's Literature

"The emphasis here is on diverse situations, and young listeners from nuclear, extended, fractured, foster, and adoptive families will all find a place in these poems and pictures" - The Bulletin

"Pleasant poems for and about everyone in the family; verses are happy, bouncy, poignant, and sometimes serious. A multicultural smorgasbord - nicely written and appealingly illustrated." -Horn Book

A Reading Rainbow Review Book

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316362511, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2001

About the Author

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series.

Marylin Hafner has illustrated hundreds of children's books, including Hanukkah!, Passover Magic, and Purim Play by Roni Schotter .