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The Family Tree

by Sean Dixon, illustrated by Lily Snowden-Fine

tagged: alternative family, lgbt, adoption
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list price: $24.99
edition:Hardcover
published: May 2022
pages: 48
ISBN:9780735267664
publisher: Tundra
Description

A family tree assignment leads an adopted girl to discover the different ways to be a family.

When her teacher gives her class a simple family tree assignment, Ada is stumped. How can she make her family fit into this simple template?

Ada is adopted. She can see where to put her parents on the tree, but what about her birth mom? Ada has a biological sister, but her sister has different adoptive parents — where do they go on the tree?

But with the help of her friends and family, Ada figures it out. She creates her family tree . . . and so much more.

Loosely based on the author's own experience, this moving story explores the different ways families are created and how the modern family is more diverse and welcoming than ever before.

About the Authors

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist and actor. He co-founded the influential Winnipeg theatre collective primus, providing the narratives for their performances Dog Day, Alkoremmi and The Night Room. Three of his plays were collected in AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM (2002). Sean’s first novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire. With his second novel, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn (2011), he has been called ‘the true inheritor of [Gwendolyn] MacEwen’s mythopoeic legacy.’ He is also the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey. He lives in Toronto with his wife, documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek.

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Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist and actor. He co-founded the influential Winnipeg theatre collective primus, providing the narratives for their performances Dog Day, Alkoremmi and The Night Room. Three of his plays were collected in AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM (2002). Sean’s first novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire. With his second novel, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn (2011), he has been called ‘the true inheritor of [Gwendolyn] MacEwen’s mythopoeic legacy.’ He is also the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey. He lives in Toronto with his wife, documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek.

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Contributor Notes

SEAN DIXON is a playwright, novelist and banjoist. His plays include Orphan Song and the Governor General’s Award nominated A God in Need of Help. Novels include The Girls Who Saw Everything, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn and the upcoming The Abduction of Seven Forgers, being published next year by Freehand Books. He lives in Toronto with his wife, the multi-award-winning documentary maker Katerina Cizek, and a daughter whose brilliant, funny, stubborn character permeates his work.

LILY SNOWDEN-FINE is an artist and illustrator with a focus on portraiture, children's design and sculpture. She was the voice of the original Peppa Pig when it first aired in 2004, and she is the author and illustrator of Why Do Dogs Sniff Butts? and Why Do Cats Meow?. Lily is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Editorial Review

“With a quiet and gentle tone, and a consistent metaphor, The Family Tree normalizes one child’s background and, by extension, the lives of all our children.” —Imaginary Elevators