Join Nellie and Gus and their family plus all manner of other families for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Read more...
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Join Nellie and Gus and their family plus all manner of other families for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal and totally wonderful."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Nellie and Gus, the siblings from 2011’s Who Has What?, are back for a second Let’s Talk About You and Me book, an exploration of the many permutations of family. As the kids visit the zoo and host friends and their parents for dinner, Harris’s upbeat, nonjudgmental prose explains that families can diverge in many ways, including what they eat for breakfast, their physical appearances (“In some families, people’s eyes are different colors or different shapes”), and what constitutes family membership (“Many family have grown-ups and children in them. Some families have only grown-ups”). But the fundamentals still apply: families “love to be together” and care for one another, even in “mad times” and “sad times.” Once again, Harris is encyclopedic without being exhausting; Nellie and Gus’s dialogue, however, rarely resembles normal kidspeak (“I can be your big sister AND your friend,” Nellie tells Gus. “And I am!”). Westcott fills her spreads with idyllic environments and sunny, diverse characters (human and animal), but with less gripping subject matter than its predecessor, this outing is well-intentioned and useful, yet underwhelming. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)