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Stella Brings the Family

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Girl with two dads appreciates whole family in sweet tale.

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Diverse families are celebrated in this appealing story about a girl with two dads who isn't sure what to do about her classroom's Mother's Day party. She's surrounded by loving adults, but Stella works out a solution herself, with help from her friends. STELLA BRINGS THE FAMILY approaches the problem from Stella's perspective, making it very relatable for young children.

It's an excellent starting point for talking about empathy: Even as Stella resolves her problem with wonderful success, a classmate with two moms realizes he'll have a similar problem with the upcoming Father's Day party. Debut author Miriam B. Schiffer's well-paced story pairs wonderfully with Holly Clifton-Brown's warm, celebratory watercolor illustrations. A beautiful story for families of all kinds.

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