Hello, everyone! Our book today is One Little Two Little Three Little Children, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Mary Lundquist, a light and charming exploration of families in all their forms.
Using the cadence of the classic children’s rhyme, the text leads the reader through a singsong journey of children, mommies, daddies, and every type of family one can imagine. There are families of only two, or families of many. Families with two daddies, or families with only one parent. Families with adopted children, step-children, families that live in small houses or big houses, families that are loud or quiet, families with pets, families of every kind! Because, in the end, every little child has a family, and everyone in the world is part of one big family as well.
This was one of those easy, classic book themes that are always enjoyable to share with kids, especially when diversity is taken into account as it is here. Among the families can be found same-sex parents, blended families, and examples of different races, cultures and religions. I especially liked that the ending impresses that the whole world is family; it ends the book on a nice button of tolerance and inclusivity. The illustrations are very cute and full of fun details that make each page fun to re-examine, and the length is great for little ones. JJ liked this one, and so did I! It’s a wonderful book about both our differences and our similarities, and that’s always a lovely story to read! Baby Bookworm approved!