Celebrates the power of extended family and family tradition
Product Code: 8843
ISBN: 9781646862191
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Pages: 24
Published Date: 05/15/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $4.50

In this contemporary tale, a boy is reluctant to go to his family reunion, which he’s sure will be boring. Vivid, poetic language and rich illustrations bring readers along for the boy's emotional journey, as he ultimately finds himself enjoying the large and joyous gathering in spite of himself. This modern kid’s-eye view depiction of a Black American extended family celebrates the importance of kinship and intergenerational ties.

BASED ON THE AUTHORS’ & ILLUSTRATOR’S LIFE EXPERIENCES: Written by a Black American son-and-father writing team and illustrated by a Black American artist — and inspired by their own family reunions.

AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR: Ashleigh Corrin is a 2020 Ezra Jack Keats award-winning illustrator.

Ages 5 to 10

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Consider this one a great family connection book. Sweet but not cloying” – Betsy Bird, Librarian, @FuseEight

“This warm story highlights the tradition of African American family reunions, and Corrin’s loose, stylized illustrations capture both the love these extended family members share and their diversity in skin tone and hairstyle . . . A welcome book about the beauty of family, togetherness, and trying new things” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The joyful scenes, created digitally with a chalklike effect, are lively and welcoming and show the boy’s large family, comprised of a wonderful range of ages, body types, and shades of brown. An excellent choice for units on the family” – Booklist

”With an emphasis on the sanctity of family reunions in Black American families, Family Reunion is a sweet story about opening yourself up to new experiences—and finding unexpected delights” – Foreword Reviews

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