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Who's who in my family?
Leedy, Loreen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 2.5 0.5 47895

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 47895.
Lexile Number:
AD 530 Lexile.
Pub Date:
Holiday House, [1995]



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Kid/Juvenile Genealogy collection Reference material 929.1 L484 USA

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The students in Ms. Fox's class each make a family tree. They learn how their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins are related to them. They also learn the meaning of the words stepbrother, stepsister, stepparent, half sister, and half brother. As the students share their family trees, they see how every family is unique and special.

Author Notes

Loren Leedy is a children's author and illustrator. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1959, and majored in art in college. She began making clay jewelry and chess sets out of whimsical animals, and eventually turned them into book characters. Her first published work was A Number of Dragons, in 1985. She has written and illustrated nearly 40 books since then. Her titles include: Missing Math: a Number Mystery, My Teacher is a Dinosaur, Seeing Symmetry, The Shocking Truth about Energy, Crazy Like a Fox: a Simile Story, Fraction Action, Blast off to Earth, and Postcards from Pluto.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Young children unclear about their place in their family will find this book a big help in sorting out where they fit in and learning the terms associated with family relationships. The animal students in Ms. Fox's class take turns explaining the family trees they made. The first student comes from a traditional family, the next is adopted, and several are from blended families. The family-tree diagrams appear in their entirety so that overall relationships can be seen, but there are also close-ups of small sections and full-page pictures showing families playing, eating, and enjoying being together. The illustrations have a charming childlike quality, and by showing families made up of different animals, they aptly reinforce the book's basic theme. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Leedy (Fraction Action) creatively explains the concept of the family tree, which is the lesson of the day for Ms. Fox's class of six young animals. A kitten dressed in overalls holds up a homemade tree-shaped chart to name the members of her traditional extended family. Blended families are represented on the trees of some of Ms. Fox's other students: a young rabbit has two step-families; a squirrel tells of her half brother and half sister. And a young raccoon interjects that "my mom and dad adopted me when I was one day old and made me a member of their family." The book's final page lists definitions of "family words." Leedy's fictional setting and playful, stylized art add sparkle to her subject. Combining portraits and action pictures of the various families, her illustrations feature luminescent colors dominated by an intriguing palette of deep blues, greens and grays. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3‘Flat, simply drawn animal characters, done in muted pastel shades, illustrate this straightforward, but not very exciting, introduction to genealogy. Sandy (a kitten) is the first to tell Ms. Fox and the class about the family tree she has made for their assignment, giving a brief identifying statement about her parents and siblings; aunts, uncles, and cousins; grandparents, great-aunts and uncles; and great-grandparents. Among the other youngsters in the class, one is adopted, and some have stepparents, stepsiblings, and half brothers and sisters. In response to a question, the teacher explains first and second cousins and closes the lesson with a list of the family words from the day's discussion. Family members are represented by cut-out leaves geometrically arranged on a tree outline‘a method that is easy enough for youngsters to follow as they trace their own roots. A useful addition.‘Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.