My Family Tree and Me

 
Dušan Petričić
Dušan Petričić
 

This one-of-a-kind picture book provides a beautifully simple introduction to the concept of family ancestry. It uses two stories in one to explore a small boy's family tree: the boy tells the family story of his father's side starting from the front of the book, and that of his mother's side starting from the back of the book. Four previous generations are introduced for each, from his great-great-grandparents to his parents. The grand finale in the center of the book reveals the boy's entire extended family, shown in one drawing with all the members from both sides identified by their relationship to him. Of particular interest is the cultural diversity of the boy's family, which includes European and Asian ancestors, and readers can visually interpret the family members' physical characteristics as they get passed on through the generations.
Award-winning illustrator Duýan Petričić's classic artwork contains thoughtfully selected details with a touch of play and humor. And, since most of the story is told in the art, this is a wonderful tool for enhancing children's visual literacy as they spend time making connections and looking for clues. This book makes a great springboard for lessons on describing and sharing family histories and naming family relationships. Applicable in-class activities could include having children build their own family trees or imagine and draw portraits of their ancestors featuring period and cultural details. This title also lends itself to discussions on multiculturalism in families and in the larger community.

978-1-77138-049-2 | Apr 1, 2015
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $17.95
4-color 9 x 12 24 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-461-2 | Sep 12, 2014
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Awards & Reviews

“Budding genealogists will enjoy poring over this illustrated family history.”
— Kirkus Reviews, January 2015
“Children's thinking about their own extended families will appreciate this clever picture book.”
— Booklist, January 2015
“It's a strong, warm visual representation of all that goes in to making a family.”
— Publishers Weekly, February 2015
“This is a must-have title with an emphasis on the diversity and the love that binds families together.”
— School Library Journal, March 2015
“Cartoonist Petričić's gift for caricature is put to joyful use here, showing one family in all its variations and particular beauty.”
— The Horn Book Magazine, Starred review, May 2015
“... this is vivacious, comic and wonderfully characterful.”
— Toronto Star, May 2015
“Petričić presents a scavenger hunt, urging readers to seek out connections in their own family trees.”
— National Post, June 2015
“What a wonderful way to have a discussion with a child about his roots! ... this could spark a sharing of one's background and fostering a sense of pride in how our families make each one of us special.”
— CM Magazine, June 2015
“... his globe-spanning family tree ... All are drawn with live-wire lines and witty, humanizing details ... Both sides lead to the showstopping centerpiece.”
— New York Times, July 2015
2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2015 - Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner

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