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Lucy's Family Tree

Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Stephen Gassler, III (Illustrator)


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* CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book *
* Honor Book -- Society of School Librarians International *

Identity issues can be particularly troubling for adoptive children and this often makes the family tree assignment many teachers are fond of, truly problematic. Lucy's Family Tree tells the story of how one girl completes her class assignment and in the process discovers that few families conform to the "traditional family" definition she has envisioned.

Lucy’s adoption makes her feel as though her family is too “different” for a family tree project at school, but as she realizes that many families are different, she ends up creating a family tree that celebrates both her past and present. The last pages in the book offer helpful alternatives to the traditional family tree project.

Teachers will appreciate learning new approaches to designing family trees that are more inclusive of family diversity.

Praise For Lucy's Family Tree

excellent resource for teachers to rethink the family tree project.
— Teaching Tolerance

good book. Many families no longer fit the old mold!
— Jewish Children’s Adoption Network

Tilbury House Publishers, 9780884482925, 40pp.

Publication Date: December 30, 2006

About the Author

Karen Halvorsen Schreck received her Ph.D. in English and Creative
Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the recipient
of an American Fiction Award, A Pushcart Prize in Fiction, and an
Illinois State Arts Council Grant. She lives with her husband and their
two children in Wheaton, Illinois. Karen is also the author of a YA
novel, Dream Journal.

Stephen Gassler is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.