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Our Class Is a Family

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Simple classroom story brims with kindness and empathy.

Our Class Is a Family Book Cover: Diverse class of grade school kids and their teacher are standing in front of a big pink schoolhouse

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This positive vision of classroom life drives home the idea that the folks you're thrown together with at school can be as nurturing and supportive as family. Our Class Is a Family urges kids to create a compassionate environment at school where everyone feels respected and valued. "We'll have things in common, these are connections that we'll seek," reads the text accompanying a picture of two boys who are both wearing a shirt with a planet on it. "But we'll still celebrate our differences and what makes us each unique," it says under a picture of two girls -- one with a paintbrush and artist's palette and the other holding a soccer ball. There's not a story to follow so much as an exploration of how a class can achieve a family vibe, where everyone has one another's back so all can thrive. Sandie Sonke's appealing, kid-friendly, cartoon-like illustrations help make every point easily understood.

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