Beginnings, How Families Come To Be


This is a collection of six short stories, each describing ways we bcome a family: by birth or through adoption. Not unlike Tell Me Again... the child in each story wants to hear for the umpty-umph time how s/he came to be part of the family.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Each story is 4 pages (lots of illustration), which helps keep a child's attention. Because they focus on different cultures, there's opportunity to talk about diversity. It's great if you want to go beyond traditional "mommy, daddy & me" type stories.

Content Awareness Factors:

Two of three stories about infant adoptions draw on stereotypical themes (i.e., young girl becomes pregnant). The stories in no way judge the birth mother, but they do introduce youth and poverty as central to her decision.

Little Kid Reaction

S/He stopped all activity and crawled into our lap for several of the stories. It was clear s/he was immediately taken by them.

Parent Reaction

The stories not only describe all types of family situations (infant and child adoption, international, domestic and single-parent adoption) but also introduce multi-cultural families and different settings (urban, suburban).

Type of Book:
This is a nice way to introduce (or re-emphasize) that families come together in lots of different ways.
Educational Themes:

This is a nice book for introducing different types of families, particularly focusing on today's multi-cultural family/world.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Started reading with child 2 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy it if your goal is to introduce a variety of adoptive stories, and if you're looking for a book that goes beyond the normal homogeneous description of a family.

Title Beginnings, How Families Come to Be
Author Virginia Kroll
Publisher Concept Books © 1994
Illustrators Stacey Schuett
ISBN 0807506028
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family
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