Rachel Isadora What a Family

ISBN 13: 9780399242540

What a Family

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9780399242540: What a Family

Did you ever wonder where you got your freckles, or your weird toes, or that astounding ability to wiggle your ears? Do you know the difference between a second cousin and a first cousin once removed?

Families are a real puzzle, especially a family as big as Ollie’s. But with Grandpa Max’s help, Ollie navigates his family tree and sees the many things all these different people have in common as well as the things they don’t!

A book as useful as it is entertaining with fabulous portraits by a Caldecott Honor artist. And as an added bonus, Ollie’s family tree is included on the endpapers.

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About the Author:

Rachel Isadora lives in New York City

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Grandpa Max says that kindergartener Ollie looks just like his brother Winthrop did in 1924 when he was the shortest kid in his class. Then, it is revealed that Ollie strongly resembles his brother Angelo because both have hair that sticks straight up. Charming illustrations highlight the similar traits within an extended family, including those shared by first cousins once removed, second or third cousins, or even half-siblings. The endpapers consist of a genealogical diagram of the whole family, and include pictures of everyone mentioned in the text. While the book has the feel and the vibrancy of a picture book, the implied concept–how genetic traits like hair color or left-handedness are shared by some family members and not others–seems far beyond its intended audience. Even so, youngsters may simply enjoy comparing their own traits to those of the characters in the story and to think about their own families–and perhaps that is enough.–Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH
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