Spaces can be more than we expect, books can hold more than what we see on the cover. No one should be pigeonholed or typecast... it limits the possibilities. I like to keep my mind open when it comes to people... what they might do, who they can be, what they will strive for and succeed with. It's such a great experience to observe a child challenging themselves with something unexpected, trying something new, and it would be a huge loss if we didn't keep the hope of potential open, if we didn't raise our expectations, and even make believe a bit. We make believe we have a library, and it is a library. We imagine our shed is a barn, a summer house, a fort, a castle, a snowed-in cabin, and it is.
"One Big Happy Family contains 47 inspiring, true tales of interspecies adoptions, some between animals that are normally considered predator and prey, like a cat adopting chicks and a foxhound nursing a litter of fox kits. other combinations are just out and out weird, like a labrador and a baby hippo, a chicken and her puppies, and a rabbit and a kitten, while more "conventional" combinations include a dog and a kitten and a cow and a lamb."
How could I resist?
I am so glad Lisa Rogak offered to send us this copy of One Big Happy Family. It's an uplifting book, cute and funny, too. Seeing those animals behaving so generously, and with such open minds and hearts is compelling, inspiring. I like that this is a book a small child can enjoy, someone Maria's age can reflect on and appreciate, and that it's engaging for me, too. No one is paying me, or twisting my arm to say this, honest: I can think of all kinds of friends, children, teens, and adults who would love One Big Happy Family.