In this companion to the enormously popular A Family Is a Family Is a Family, a group of kids share the silly questions they always hear, as well as the questions they would rather be asked about themselves.
Being the new kid is hard, a child in the school playground tells us. I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl. Another child comes along and says she gets asked why she always has her nose in a book. Someone else gets asked where they come from.
One after another, children share the questions they’re tired of being asked again and again — as opposed to what they believe are the most important or interesting things about themselves. As they move around the playground, picking up new friends along the way, there is a feeling of understanding and acceptance among them. And in the end, the new kid comes up with the question they would definitely all like to hear: “Hey kid, want to play?”
Sara O’Leary’s thoughtful text and Qin Leng’s expressive illustrations tell a story about children who are all different, all themselves, all just kids.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
With a unanimous spirit of inclusion within its pages, the story urges readers to rethink the way they first encounter others."
[N]ot only a fantastic companion to its highly acclaimed predecessor but also a stand-alone book that reminds us kids have more to share, if only we asked better questions. STARRED REVIEW
[A] celebration of diversity and inclusion … The joyful pictures and intriguing questions will certainly inspire spirited discussion.
A lovely book that focuses on thinking critically about the questions we ask each other.
A wonderful book about diversity, acceptance, and friendship.
An excellent story with a theme that all kids can relate to.
A marvellous follow-up to A Family Is a Family Is a Family.