Would I Trade My Parents? by Laura Numberoff, illustrated by James Bernardin
The author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has a picture book that speaks to all families. The question of whether you would trade your parents for another set is answered through a series of different families. They all have differing routines, differing rules, differing perks of being a child in that family. Some families have blueberry pancakes, another has chocolate milk, another allows lots of TV, and another allows all sorts of pets. In the end, the boy narrating the book sees the positives about his own family even though he doesn’t have everything the other families have. And he realizes that he would never trade his family because just like all of his friends, he think his family is the best of all.
Written with Numeroff’s trademark ease and humor, this book will inspire children to think about their own families in a positive way. Bernardin’s illustrations are colorful and bright, showing a wide diversity of families. The text and pictures meld into a friendly package that invites introspection and thought as well as smiles.
A positive view of families and all of their differences, this book is appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from library copy.