Beginnings by Virginia Kroll
How Families Come to Be

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Simple stories by the author of Helen the Fish explore all the different ways in which families are made, from traditional nuclear arrangements to foster parenting to adoption.
 

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Virginia Kroll is a prolific writer, with over sixty books published since 1992. A full-time author and speaker as well as a writing instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature, she writes on topics ranging from African folktales to universal themes such as siblings and heroes. She has received a long list of awards, including the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for a parenting book, the Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year in 2004, and the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council 2004 Children's Choice Award. Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner "Walk Two Moons" and the Newbery Honor Book "The Wanderer". Her other work includes the novels "The Unfinished Angel", "Hate That Cat", "The Castle Corona", "Replay", "Heartbeat", "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup", "Ruby Holler", "Love That Dog", "Bloomability", "Absolutely Normal Chaos", "Chasing Redbird", and "Pleasing the Ghost", as well as three picture books: "A Fine, Fine School"; "Fishing in the Air"; and "Who's That Baby?" Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Albert Whitman & Company. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Each begins with a child's question -- ""Tell me, Mommy, about how I began,"" or, ""Daddy, when I was first born, you were just my Uncle Joe, right?"" -- leading into what's obviously a comfortable reiteration of a familiar tale: how Ruben ""grew inside, giving me a basketball belly...[and when] ...

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Each begins with a child's question--``Tell me, Mommy, about how I began,'' or, ``Daddy, when I was first born, you were just my Uncle Joe, right?''--leading into what's obviously a comfortable reiteration of a familiar tale: how Ruben ``grew inside, giving me a basketball belly...[and when] you ...

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Half a dozen thumbnail sketches illustrate various ways to enlarge a family: birth, adoption (open and closed, domestic and foreign), guardianship, single parenthood and so on.

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