HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: We’re a Family
Author: Sandra Brandon
Illustrator: Helen Endres
Publisher: Standard Publishing, 1986
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-7
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brandon, Sandra. We’re a Family (published in 1986 by Standard Publishing). What are the two basic ways that a family may be established? One way is for a child to be born into a family. The other way is for a child to be adopted into a family. In We’re a Family, one of the Happy Day Books from Standard Publishing, a little girl is adopted by a couple to become a new family. One of the categories in which it is listed is “Interracial adoption,” as the girl appears to be at least part African-American or maybe Hispanic or perhaps Asian-American, and the parents are Caucasian.
Since both of our sons are adopted, we often looked for children’s story books about adoption for them to read, especially when they were younger. This one had an extra benefit in that each of our boys, though born in the United States, has some foreign heritage in his birth background—Mark is part Filipino and Jeremy is part Japanese. It helps explain why kids don’t always look like their parents. We purchased a number of these Happy Day Books from Standard, including The First Zoo, about Noah’s ark, by Henrietta G. Gambrill, which I have reviewed previously.