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All the Families in My Town

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All the Families in My Town by Ophélie Célier; Thomas Piet (Translated by Robin Bright) has amazing, whimsical watercolour illustrations by Ariane Caldin. A child could stare at these illustrations for hours (if they didn't have screens to look at) and adults may want to display them right at the front of their bookshelf. The book talks about diversity in families - genders, sexualities, identities, race, choices (child-free), lifestyles, abilities, and interests. It might inspire kids to "write" their own books about their neighbourhoods with illustrations. In fact, there are some suggested activities at the end. The book would encourage dialogue between adults and children on tolerance. Highly recommend. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. #NetGalley #AlltheFamiliesinMyTown
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Through amazing illustrations we are brought to a small town with only 9 families. Yet, the families are different one from another. Nowadays, we have so many different kind of families, and little children might get confused to see families not like theirs. So, it's the parents' job to teach them to respect each kind of family, and be kind to others. This book might help you share the message to your children, nephews, nieces and maybe children around you.
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Love - like a family - comes in an infinite variety of forms.

We've come a long way since 1989's "Heather Has Two Mommies", though in some ways, sadly . . . we haven't. In this delightful book we're introduced to many different types of families with gay, trans, and mixed race parents. There's even a couple who deliberately chose not to have children. In short, this is a book guaranteed to drive the Texas Board of Education, AND Ron DeSantis absolutely bonkers.

You will see what you want here - a corruption of the "normal" family, OR, a vibrant, thriving village where all children are safe, well cared for, well loved, and HAPPY. What you see says more about you than it does about this book.
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All the Families in My Town us a beautiful picture book about the many different ways a family can look. This book emphasizes diversity and uniqueness. The pictures are fun and lovely.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.
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Thank you so much to Chouette Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review. 

Aria lives in a small village and shows you round to everyone that lives there, sharing all the diverse and wonderful people that live there. 

This was just beautiful from start to finish, it was told in such a beautiful way as though an actual child was sharing it with you. The people that we meet along the way were all so different, all so diverse and inclusive and Aria loves them all. 

This is such a perfect book for showing children that families are all built differently, that each one is perfect and filled with love. The way Aria spoke about them was so natural and beautiful. 

I really loved that we didn’t see one family of the same type, we got to see an experience of what families look like now, that each one is built differently and live differently. It was so sweet and the illustrations were really beautiful too. 

This book is such an important book to show children exactly what a family could look like. This book is a must read I think for families it gives children a chance to see that there are many different varieties of family.
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I really enjoyed this book and I thought that it had a good storyline

I liked that the book had such a wide range of couples and families and the mixes show just how diverse they can be, from couples without children, same-sex couples and same-sex families and adopted as well as natural children it is great for explaining differences if questions are raised by younger children 

It was well written and it had a good flow to the book

It is 4 stars from me for this one, highly recommended!
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All the Families in My Town is a cute book who introduces to kids different types of families. But the bottom line is that even if a house has two mommies, or one daddy, or a daddy who used to be a girl and didn't wanted to be anymore, even then, if there is love inside this house, it's all you need. EVERYONE should read this book.
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I read this one a while ago and while I knew exactly why I loved it, I was having a hard time being able to write this review because I knew I wouldn't do it justice. 

This was an EXCEPTIONAL book. It is SO simple, yet beyond powerful. It shows that children are so very innocent and accept everyone for who they are. I absolutely loved the diversity of families that were depicted in this- especially finally seeing the family style I'm in being represented- I was shocked. 

Families of all shapes and sizes were so beautifully touched upon and gorgeously illustrated- this is THE COZIEST of COZY books and a great book to spark conversations between you and a kiddo. I honestly believe that while the book is marketed and illustrated for children, the messages are FANTASTIC for adults....children learn their behavior/thoughts/etc from what they see and hear at home and tolerance starts with US- we need to be better. 

A++++++, beyond important and timely read for ALL AGES! We can all BE BETTER.
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Such a simple, straightforward picture book about the different kinds of families that exist, in this case, in a small down. The examples include a transgender father, a married couple without children, the narrators two mothers, and a family with foster kids.
The narrator talks about each family explaining how they are different, but that it is ok, because we all have slightly different household, and that should be just fine.
A great book to teach children about the different kinds of families out there, as well as for those who want to show their kids that there is nothing odd about the family they are in. As I always say, it would have been so good to have this sort of book when my daughter was growing up.

<em>Thanks to Netgalle for making this book available for an honest review.</em>
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Full disclosure: This was provided via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This little book was amazing. 10/10 and I will be recommending this to as many people as I can.
Its cute, its easy to read, the illustrations are beautiful; best of all the inclusivity is brilliant. 
There is rep for people with disabilities, LGBT parents of more than one variety (same sex couples and trans parents), single parents, adoption and foster families just to name a few. 

I love it, everyone should read it, delightfully heartwarming in its representation.
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The idea behind this children's book is truly noteworthy and well executed overall. It's meant to raise awareness about the rich diversity of families, promote tolerance and acceptance. 

Special mention for the visuals and the cover: they're so gorgeous! The aesthetics is top notch!

The only downside to the book is its lack of plot or story. Basically it's a catalogue of different households. 
A beautifully-made one, but still I would've loved for it to offer a bit more.
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This book is an absolute treasure. The artwork is gorgeous and the representation is beautiful. Aria tells the reader about each house in her small town and the families that live in them. LGBTQ representation, differently abled bodies and couples that chose not to have children are all included. Highly recommend!
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"The families in my town are very special. What makes your family special?"

I can't say enough about All the Families in My Town. It's the hippie children's book about inclusion I wish I'd had 25 years ago for my children, or 50 years ago for myself, but it's so current and fresh, maybe it simply couldn't be until now.

Our narrator takes us on the tour of her small hometown, where no one is "normal" so that must make special the norm! Through her child's eyes, we meet some very unique people, who she accepts at face value. Why wouldn't she? If there are differences, she embraces them. She cannot understand why people might mock or criticize people for listening to their hearts. She knows it's important for everyone to feel "free to be themselves."

The illustrations by Ariane Caldin have a definite retro look to them, like something whimsical I can recall from the 1970s. The sunny oranges, the deep blues, all the richness is so comforting and warm. I can't say enough about these watercolors, except that I adore them.
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The art in this is so good I love it! It was a fast an enjoyable read! My nieces and nephews are going to love this book when they can read it in hand instead of on a tablet.
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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! Below is my honest review. 

Summary of plot:
Aria lives in a small town with only nine houses. She describes who lives in which house, which ranges from her own with her two moms to a old couple who never wanted children. 

Pros about the book:
✔️ Shows that love and families comes in different shapes and sizes 
✔️ Diverse representation in all aspects (race, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, etc.) 
✔️ Opens to door to young ones to talk about acceptance and tolerance 
✔️  Beautiful illustrations and color scheme

Cons about the book:
❌ None 

Would I recommend this book? Yes!
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This is, inarguably, the most beautifully illustrated children's story I've read in a long time. My 6 year old was completed enthralled from the cover forward, she could not stop gushing about how lovely it was on each and every page. Combined with the easily understood and heartfelt story, this is a book that will be coming home to our personal library as soon as it is released. 

We thought this was such a gentle and sweet way to talk about the wide variety of families that surround us everywhere. It was diverse, inclusive, natural, and filled with love from start to end. It was refreshing to see more than just the mainstream type of families included in this love story to the neighborhood. There was a childfree couple, a foster family, queer families, single families, and more. Cannot say enough how comforting this story is and I look forward to gifting it to many new families. ♥
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This title has been bugging me for a while. And what a nice surprise! ^^

Aria introduces us to the inhabitants of her small village. Her town includes only 9 families, but they are all unique and above all happy together. Through this presentation, the authors demonstrate the thousand and one ways in which the family unit can be arranged: separated parents, adopted children, single-parent families, LGBTQ+ couples... a great way to open minds on the definition of the word "family". , but also a work advocating diversity and tolerance.

The illustrator has a soft and round line, which immediately won me over. With beautiful coloring in watercolor and pencil, the boards are colorful and perfectly eye-catching for both children and adults.

In short, a very beautiful book, to discover ! ^^
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The story is about a little girl named Aria. She lives in a small hometown and she knows her neighborhood very well. They consist of different races, abilities, religions, and ages. A start-up book for kids to learn about their surroundings and understand the concepts of everybody is matter.

Beautiful illustration and important message. Thanks to @netgalley and the publisher for providing an earc. I give 5 ⭐️
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What an absolutely stunning book! I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to read an ARC of this because I can see it being a huge success. This is a book all children should read and enjoy as they relate to the stories told in the book. There are so many quotes to be taken from this book that I could see it being enjoyed with younger children but also read as poignant reminder to older children of just how diverse our world is.
I loved it - what a triumph!
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Lovely illustrations that cover a wide variety of family types. A good introduction for children, and a starting point for parents to explain different family dynamics.

Includes same sex parents, trans parents, adoptive families, foster families, single parents, grandparents raising their grandkids, disabled parents, and even a couple who never had children. All simply told at a child’s level of understanding, including a couple of comments from our narrator that they don’t understand everything.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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