All Kinds of Families!, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (10 ratings)


Families, families all kinds of families, Families are people and animals, too. But all sorts of other things fit into families. Look all around and you'll see that they do! With rollicking rhyme, beloved children's book author Mary Ann Hoberman shows readers that families, large and small, are all around us.

From celery stalks to bottle caps, buttons, and rings, the objects we group together form families, just like the ones we belong to. And as we grow up, our families grow, too. Paired with lively and colorful illustrations by celebrated French illustrator Marc Boutavant, All Kinds of Families! is a celebration of families and our role in them.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780316146333



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It’s my opinion that Mary Ann Hoberman originally intended to write this book with the clear intention of talking about different types of families to create acceptance among children, so that she could explain that no two families were alike. However, I feel that she should have stuck with that idea consistently through the story, since there is just too many things going on it will most likely have a hard time keeping a child’s interest. Or if it is able to keep a child’s interest her original intent will get lost in all the rest of what she is doing. As far as the art goes, I am very pleased to see it as the greatest part (my own opinion, what held my attention to stick with the book and what made the storyline better for me as a reader). Without the illustrations done in fluorescent hues by Marc Boutavant, I otherwise might have stopped reading this story. But, it was helpful to me to see the expressions on the children’s faces as the characters are trying to find what a family is. In this way Hoberman and Boutavant worked well together to get the overall message across and not get lost in Hoberman’s at time excessive wordiness. I gave it four stars because of the great illustrations!!

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There are different types of families and this book explains this in a great way. This is a great book if there ever becomes a problem with students discriminating amongst themselves. It is a great book to be read for K-2 or for 3rd grade to read to themselves.

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Super rhyming text, great theme, and awesome illustrations!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! Yeah for families!!!!

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Anyone can find a family that suits them in this adorable children's book. Teaches kids that families are not necessarily made up of just a mother, father, and siblings. A good lesson for kids today.

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