ERIC Number: ED399085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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The Families Book: True Stories about Real Kids and the People They Live with and Love.
Recognizing the great variety of families in which children live, this book for children in upper elementary grades and their parents and teachers illustrates that variety through children's personal narratives about their families and descriptions of family activities. Section 1, "Families," presents the narratives of children ages 8 to 18 years about their families and what makes them unique. Families represented include those with stepsiblings and stepparents, divorced or unmarried parents, parents with different religious beliefs or racial backgrounds, parents of the same gender, families with adopted children, families with relatives in other countries, family members with disabilities, families living in group homes, families with crises, families with several children, and families with several generations living together. Section 2, "You and Your Family," contains activities that children can do with their families, including making a family tree and family history scrapbook; preserving special moments in the family history by creating family timelines, quilts, photo sculptures, shadow boxes, and time capsules; identifying and developing family traditions; settling problems and making decisions at family meetings; and finding ways to maintain relationships with extended family members. A Family Tree Chart and a survey for children on family members concludes the book. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Activities, Adopted Children, Adoptive Parents, Children, Divorce, Family History, Family Influence, Family Needs, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Family Role, Family Size, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Fathers, Folk Culture, Grandparents, Group Homes, Home Management, Homosexuality, Intermarriage, Kinship, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, Mothers, Personal Narratives, Problem Solving, Remarriage, Siblings
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 400 First Avenue, N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1730 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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