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A celebration of families of every kindMeet Anna Chiara Henry Izzy and JackTheir families might not look like your fam Just The Way We Are is a beautiful children’s picture book that reinforces the notion to children of all ages and backgrounds that they are ‘normal’ no matter what their family situation may be like It encompasses multi generations gendered and cultured families of all ages and backgrounds to illustrate that diversity is a good thing and not something to be feared or shamed byWhen you look at families in society now you never know what you might encounter For there are families of every shape size and colour ever where you look And yet if you look at a current cross section of books available to young children its likely that you will find stories centred around an Anglo Saxon child who fits neatly into the ‘nuclear family’ mould While I’m aware there are stories that exist outside this mould the majority that be found easily and locally can pretty much fit into the above category Until nowWith Shirvington breaking away from her well known YA books and lending her hand at picture books she has filled a gap in the market by focussing on diversity within families and the home whilst also encouraging it A point I think children need to hear oftenJust The Way We Are is a diverse picture book that focuses on five different children who come from different social and cultural backgrounds as they explain why their family is just as special as yours despite it looking different on the outsideWe have Anna who lives with her parents and her Grandpa Chiara who has two dad’s and a pet Henry whose parents are separated and he has two homes Izzy who has guardians and is fostered by a big loving family with kids from similar situations and Jack who lives with just his MumEach child and their family is given four pages to introduce themselves and explain their family and something uniue about them that showcases both how special but also ‘normal’ they are; all the while driving home the message that their family is “perfect just the way they are”Each child has also been allocated a different coloured font through which to tell their story which further emphasises their differences in a bright and colourful way and signals the separation of the various family storiesJust The Way We Are features bright and bold illustrations of each family and something they like to do together while also utilising a lot of white spaced throughout this book so that the text can drive home their message effectivelyAs a whole I really loved this picture book and the message it brings to young children who are unaware of the world and often family dynamics outside of their own immediate family It’s a happy encouraging friendly look at society that both showcases and praises the uniue ualities and diversities of all different types of familiesReview originally posted on my blog The Never Ending Bookshelf on July 29 2015 and can be found here Red Centre (Alpha Force, picture book that reinforces the notion to children of all ages and backgrounds that they are ‘normal’ no matter what their family situation may be like It encompasses multi generations gendered and cultured families of all ages and backgrounds to illustrate that diversity is a good thing and not something to be feared or shamed byWhen you look at families in society now you never know what you might encounter For there are families of every shape size and colour ever where you look And yet if you look at a current cross section of books available to young children its likely that you will find stories centred around an Anglo Saxon child who fits neatly into the ‘nuclear family’ mould While I’m aware there are stories that exist outside this mould the majority that be found easily and locally can Midnight Storm (The Warriors, pretty much fit into the above category Until nowWith Shirvington breaking away from her well known YA books and lending her hand at Heiresses picture books she has filled a gap in the market by focussing on diversity within families and the home whilst also encouraging it A The Major Works point I think children need to hear oftenJust The Way We Are is a diverse A Dirty War picture book that focuses on five different children who come from different social and cultural backgrounds as they explain why their family is just as special as yours despite it looking different on the outsideWe have Anna who lives with her Blood Money (Alpha Force, parents and her Grandpa Chiara who has two dad’s and a Sid James pet Henry whose Succubus T06 Succubus Revealed parents are separated and he has two homes Izzy who has guardians and is fostered by a big loving family with kids from similar situations and Jack who lives with just his MumEach child and their family is given four Snow Dog pages to introduce themselves and explain their family and something uniue about them that showcases both how special but also ‘normal’ they are; 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6 thoughts on “Just The Way We Are

  1. says:

    Just The Way We Are is a beautiful children’s picture book that reinforces the notion to children of all ages and backgrounds that they are ‘normal’ no matter what their family situation may be like It encompasses multi generations gendered and cultured families of all ages and backgrounds to illustrate that diversity is a good thing and not something to be feared or shamed byWhen you look at families in society now you never know what you might encounter For there are families of every shape size and colour ever where you look And yet if you look at a current cross section of books available to young children its likely that you will find stories centred around an Anglo Saxon child who fits neatly into the ‘nuclear family’ mould While I’m aware there are stories that exist outside this mould the majority that be found easily and locally can pretty much fit into the above category Until nowWith Shirvington breaking away from her well known YA books and lending her hand at picture books she has filled a gap in the market by focussing on diversity within families and the home whilst also encouraging it A point I think children need to hear oftenJust The Way We Are is a diverse picture book that focuses on five different children who come from different social and cultural backgrounds as they explain why their family is just as special as yours despite it looking different on the outsideWe have Anna who lives with her parents and her Grandpa Chiara who has two dad’s and a pet Henry whose parents are separated and he has two homes Izzy who has guardians and is fostered by a big loving family with kids from similar situations and Jack who lives with just his MumEach child and their family is given four pages to introduce themselves and explain their family and something uniue about them that showcases both how special but also ‘normal’ they are; all the while driving home the message that their family is “perfect just the way they are”Each child has also been allocated a different coloured font through which to tell their story which further emphasises their differences in a bright and colourful way and signals the separation of the various family storiesJust The Way We Are features bright and bold illustrations of each family and something they like to do together while also utilising a lot of white spaced throughout this book so that the text can drive home their message effectivelyAs a whole I really loved this picture book and the message it brings to young children who are unaware of the world and often family dynamics outside of their own immediate family It’s a happy encouraging friendly look at society that both showcases and praises the uniue ualities and diversities of all different types of familiesReview originally posted on my blog The Never Ending Bookshelf on July 29 2015 and can be found here


  2. says:

    An excellent and much needed idea Possibly a trifle wordy and too many attempts to elicit feels It's about social inclusion and the validity of many different shapes of family and I must admit that some 2 3 year old children I worked with became very passionate reading this book referring to it in their play and that it has transformative potential whether they will keep that information remains to be seenAs usual lesbians are invisible not present because gay guys are a lot popular an fashionable for normal people to write and think about I suppose Nevertheless that is a small flaw in a book that broadens horizons and potentially starts deeper conversations As a bonus the average fundy would probably like to see it banned


  3. says:

    My two year old toddler is obsessed with this book at the moment and echoes the phrase just the way we are almost every page in her little toddler mumble I love the book as I believe it's really important to expose children of all ages to the idea that not all families are similar but even if different to your own they are valid I believe reading inclusive books like this one will help my daughter with empathy and an understanding of diversity that is accessible for her age I do find some of this book a little wordy but my daughter loves it She likes pointing at the beautifully illustrated characters and pretending they are our own family and friends that she has met which tells me she is really engaging with the visuals and the concept of families


  4. says:

    Fantastic for little people to learn tolerance and understanding especially those without just a mum and dad


  5. says:

    This review was published on Lost in a Good Bookust the Way We Are is a wonderful book that demonstrates that every family is different and many different types of family exists There’s diversity between the families and between the cultures and generations presented which was great to see There’s representation for same sex parents single parent families divorced households fostered and adopted families and grandparents living in the same house kind of familiesRobertson backs this up with wonderfully diverse illustrations filled with colour They are cartoonish but not over the top or comical and help celebrate this cultural diversity ever further with her creations and helps celebrate what makes each family specialThe narration alternates between each child of the five separate families telling readers about the activities they do with their family and a simple but clear explanation about the type of family they are a part of The message repeated throughout is that each family is perfect just the way they are and each one is celebrated with happy moments and positive attitudes The formatting is clear each child is given a different coloured font for their story and over a few pages tells the reader why their family is perfect just the way it isShirvington has created a great story that helps celebrate the uniueness of families not only in their make up but in the activities each family does together as well I really loved this story because it is perfect to show that different families exist outside the reader’s own and each family is uniue in their own special way


  6. says:

    I'm not a fan of this book Literature can present homosexual unusual and weird families in beautiful and inspiring ways but this isn't one of them I find it very dry