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All Together Now



Feeble storyline lacks substance.

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Parents need to know that the illustrations are beautiful, but the story lines lacks substance.

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What's the story?

The story tells how a family of two rabbits, a duck, and a mouse is created. The group refers to themselves as the Honeys and shares a special song.

Together, they play games, and each is the best at a different activity including running, swimming, and acrobatics.

Is it any good?


The story doesn't quite work; the most successful feature of this book is the watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which feature each character in a multitude of energetic poses.

The reader learns of a blended family that calls itself the Honeys and consists of a mother rabbit, her bunny, a duck, and a mouse. While it may be admirable to care for others in need, there is no indication as to why two animals required adoption. Further, there is an absence of emotion and a true sense of nurturing, care, and concern, which would be expected within a family.

Second, the story fails in its effort to highlight the important differences among the group. The contest concludes with the whole group playing the "Great-Big-Feet-Game that they are all best at together." At this point, young readers begin to question both the sincerity of the story and the logic -- obviously, the rabbits have the longest feet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about differences among family members. How are the members of your family different from one another? What traits do you share?

Book details

Author:Anita Jeram
Illustrator:Anita Jeram
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:January 1, 1999
Number of pages:32

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Parent Written byMomthrubirthandadopt April 30, 2014

One of my daughter's favorites

Strongly disagree with CSM...the content is simply stated but very meaningful, especially for blended families. I found it especially appropriate for my children. You don't have to be biologically related to be a family. Families are about love!
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