Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers (Paperback)

A Collection of Family Poems

By Mary Ann Hoberman, Marylin Hafner (Illustrator)

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

Publication Date: September 1, 2001

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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.

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 .

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

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