Friday, November 6, 2015

Stella Brings the Family

Another picture book today to celebrate Picture Book Month.  This one is charming and it is a lovely reminder that kids worry about what is "normal" even when we as a community are very accepting of families that are made up of non traditional parts.  It is important to acknowledge kid's feelings and help them understand that everyone's family has their challenges!

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Title: Stella Brings the Family

Author: Miriam Schiffer

Target: Preschool - Grade 2

What this book is about: 
Stella is worried.  They are celebrating Mother’s Day at her elementary school and can invite a special guest, but Stella has two dads so who will she invite?  When her friends question her about who does all the things their mother’s do at home, it turns out Stella has a lot of people who are taking care of her.  She is encouraged to invite all the people who have taken on the role of mother in her life and bring them to the party.  Of course the party is filled with moms, grandmothers and other caregivers.  It is a party to celebrate the people who care for you.  It is a big success and with two dads, Stella is not at all worried about Father’s Day!

Why I love this book: 
Mother’s Day is not about having a mother, it is about celebrating the individuals in your life who support you, care for you and love you.  This book celebrates those relationships.

I think that sometimes in our acceptance of many different kinds of families, we forget the pressure it puts on kids when their families don’t conform to the specifics of a holiday.  This book is a lovely reminder that even though we know that love comes from many different places, it is important to remind kids that their celebration doesn’t have to look like everyone else, and in fact, “everyone else” often times looks different than what we expect.

Who this book is for: 
All kids would benefit from the reminder that all families may not look traditional, but that a loving community is the most important thing.

Final thoughts:
 The ending really make me chuckle.  You will just have to read it to see!

To purchase this book:
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