A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
For some children, an eye-opening example of how seemingly normal events can be worrisome for others.
Families come in many shapes and sizes, but they all provide love and comfort. Flexible, creative thinking can make potentially exclusionary events enjoyable for all.
Positive Role Models
Stella resolves her problem with help from her friends. Adults are very supportive of her solution, though neither her teacher nor her fathers are shown helping her resolve the issue. Her fathers -- and her wider family circle -- are loving and engaged.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stella Brings the Family is the story of a girl who has two fathers, and she's worried about what to do about her school's Mother's Day celebration. This appealing picture book illustrates how seemingly routine occasions can be upsetting for some people and how broadening your thinking can help ensure everyone feels included.
Is It Any Good?
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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