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To each and every Expert— to those parents, grandparents,
teachers, librarians, caregivers, child development specialists,
pediatricians, nurses, child psychologists and psychoanalysts
who read over and looked over our work, talked to us, taught
Who’s In My Family?
us, and corrected us over and over again as we created this book
for young children. We could not have created this book without All About Our Families
Å
you. Thank You!— R. H. H.

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Text copyright © 2012 by Bee Productions, Inc.


Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Nadine Bernard Westcott

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced,


transmitted, or stored in an information retrieval system in any
form or by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical,
including photocopying, taping, and recording, without prior
written permission from the publisher.

First edition 2012

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Robie H. Harris
illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
12 13 14 15 16 17 xxx 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Printed in tk, tk, tk

This book was typeset in Berkeley Old Style.


The illustrations were created digitally.

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visit us at www.candlewick.com

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Wherever you live, wherever you go,
Wake up! Nellie! there are all kinds of families.
Our Hey
GUS: familyNellie!
’s goingOur
to family’
the zoo today!
s going to the zoo today! I
Ican’twait
can’t wait
see see
thethe polar
polar bearbear family
family—napping in the sun!
playing on the cold, wet rocks!
NELLIE: Hey Gus! I can’t wait to see the sea lion Hey, Gus! I can’t wait to
family—diving off the high rocks into the deep water! see the sea lion family
diving off the high, slippery
rocks into the deep water!

walking down the hallway in P.J’s

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Families live in so many different kinds of places.
In cities. In towns. In the countryside.
In apartments. In houses. Or on farms.
Families live near lakes. Near rivers. Near oceans.
In the desert. In the mountains. Or on grassy plains.

It’s fun to live high


up in an apartment.
I can even see the
zoo from here!

Full Spread, living room of apt on left. Large window showing,


(suburbs of the city they live in) cities towns and countryside.
I think I can
see a farm!
I bet it’s fun to live
where cows and
chickens live.

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Familes eat many different kinds of food for breakfast. Some families eat soup, shrimp dumplings, and rice.
Some families eat bacon, eggs, bagels, and juice.
More rice,
I really like please!
breakfast!

Some eat oranges, blueberry pancakes, and milk. Some eat raspberries, bananas, granola, and yogurt.

I’m I’m mixing


full. it up!

Some eat pita bread, hummus, cucumbers, and olives. Some eat papaya, burritos, and hot chocolate.

Yum! Delish!

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Families love to be together. Families go to the market,
to the library, to the doctor, to the dentist, to the park,
to the zoo —  and to so many other places together.

I love when
our family goes
to the beach
together! I love when
our family goes Families fly kites, ride bikes, play catch, get haircuts,
to the zoo buy new shoes, visit friends or grandparents — and do
together! so many other things together.

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People families are one kind of family. There are also
animal families — squirrel families, polar bear families,
sea lion families, zebra families, giraffe families,
hippopotamus families, tiger families, and so many other Our family’s a
kinds of animal families. people family — with
two kids and two
grown-ups. We’re a
Entering Zoo
people family —
 but with one puppy
and one gerbil.

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Children are born into their families or adopted into
their families. And most children live with and grow up
in their families. Some families have one child. Some
have two children.
Some families have three or four or more children.
Some have twins. Some have triplets.

Look! The polar


bear family has two
bear cubs in it! I bet My friend’s family
they’ re twins. What an has three kids in it—
AWESOME family! TWINS and a BABY!
What a COOL family!

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Many families have grown-ups and children in them.
Some families have only grown-ups.
Some families have a mommy and a daddy. Some have
a mommy. Some have a daddy. Some have two mommies.
Some have two daddies.

h a t , Gu s?
Guess w i ly i s
MY fam mi ly!
YOU R fa

ll ie, I K N OW who ’s
Ne p os
in my family ! Hip
!
are NOT in my family

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Yippee! Dinner’s at
our house tonight!

Hooray!
Our family and
friends are coming
for dinner.

Some children live with their mommy part of the time


and with their daddy part of the time.
Some children live with their daddy and a stepparent.
Some live with their mommy and a stepparent.

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In some families, everybody has almost the same skin
color. In other families, people have different skin colors.
In some families, people’s eyes are different colors or
different shapes. In other families, people have the same
color eyes or the same shape eyes.

And we all have


different shades of skin.
Your eyes, my eyes, Yours is darker, and
Mommy’s eyes, and mine is lighter.
Daddy’s eyes are all
the same color — brown.

In some families, everybody’s hair is the same — mostly


wavy, or mostly curly, or mostly straight. In other families,
people have different kinds and different colors of hair.

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Parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, cousins, aunts,
and uncles can all be part of a child’s family. Often, good
friends or a pet can be part of a child’s family too.

Right, Gus.
Don’t worry. I can be
Nellie, you’re my sister, your big sister AND
my BIG sister. And you’re your friend. And I am!
my friend too, right?

Sometimes a grandparent, or aunt, or uncle lives with a


child’s family. And some children live in their grandparent’s,
or aunt’s, or uncle’s, or foster parent’s home.

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Families have happy times together.
Our family and friends have
happy times — like now when
everybody gets together.
This is so much fun!

It’s tons of fun


when all the kids
play together!

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But sometimes, families have mad times. And sometimes, families have sad times.

I’m sorry, Nellie.


Whoopee! I’m sad I did that. I’m
FLYING MILK! really sad I did that.

I’m sad too, Gus.


But I’m glad you said
you’ re sorry.

GUS!
You spilled MILK all
over ME-EEEE!
And I’m RR-REALLY
MAD AT YOU!

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Sometimes, children get a runny nose, a sore throat,
a fever, or a tummyache, or scrape a knee, or cut a finger,
or just feel bad.
Families help their children feel better and get well.

If I get a tummyache, If I feel bad or crummy,


Mommy or Daddy Daddy or Mommy gives me
holds me on their lap. a big cuddle. And then
And then I feel better.
I feel a lot better.

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Parents and kids help each other clean up, put away toys,
and feed their pets.

Our puppy does


NOT brush his teeth
before going to bed.
But we sure do!

After supper, our


puppy licks up
EVERY crumb on
the floor. Our puppy
helps our family
clean up!
Parents help their children take a bath, wash and dry
their hair, brush their teeth, and get dressed for bed.

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At nighttime, our
family also reads
stories together.
At nighttime, Sometimes we read
our family sings the same story three
jazzy songs together. times in a row!
Be-bop!
Be-bop-a-do-bop!
Ub-be-do-be-do-bop!

Every day and every night and all around the world,
families talk, laugh, sing, play, cuddle up, tell stories,
read books, and make sure their children are healthy
and safe and loved.

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Most of all, and most of the time, and no matter what —
children and grown-ups and their families really do love
FAMILIES LOVE
one another! TO BE TOGETHER!

Our family loves to give


each other really big hugs.
And smoochy kisses too.

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