Monday, July 17, 2017

Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis -- ADVISABLE

Sturgis, Brenda Reeves Still a Family, illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee. PICTURE BOOK. Albert Whitman, 2017. $16.99. Content: G.

It's hard to feel like a family when you and your mother live in one homeless shelter and your father lives in another. Still, the family in this story makes it work, even as they hope that one day soon they will be reunited under a roof of their own.

Still a Family deals with a very important topic that isn't addressed very often in children's stories. Not only could it help homeless children feel less alone, it could also build empathy in those who do have homes. It could also provide plenty of discussion points for ways in which those who are more fortunate can help others. I only wish I liked the illustrations more; instead of enhancing the story, they feel distractingly childlike. If you do decide to share this story, this interview with the author provides some interesting insights into its journey to publication.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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