PPBF: All Kinds of Families and a New Course: The Lyrical Language Lab!!

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Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator: Marc Boutavant
Publisher: Little Brown, 2009
Age: 3 – 6 yrs
Themes: families, animals, stories in rhyme
Opening: Families, families, all kinds of families – Families are people and animals, too – But all sorts of other things fit into families – Look all around you and you’ll see what they do
Summary: (from Amazon) With irresistible, rollicking rhyme, beloved picture book author Mary Ann Hoberman shows readers that families, large and small, are all around us. From celery stalks to bottle caps, buttons, and rings, the objects we group together form families, just like the ones we are a part of. And, as we grow up, our families grow, too.


I like this book because… I picked up this title out of the shelf in my library while engaging in one of my ‘hobbies’ – pulling my favorites and placing them on display! I had read a book (and reviewed it for PPBF) from this illustrator before, and with a touch of neon pink and orange on the cover, well, I was sold! Funny thing is, in writing this post I discovered he illustrates another graphic novel series I already love, but was unaware of the fact  – names, I tell ya! – called ARIOL. And I’m a goner – totally falling for this illustrator’s work! Cannot wait to see the other titles I’ve just put on hold, like his latest GHOSTS (Oops, was published in France in 2001!). Enough already about the illustration, because THE WRITING IS FANTASTIC! Yeah, super smooth swinging rhymes that do not let go! So guess what? I put a bunch of Hoberman’s titles on hold too!


Resources/Activities: create animals or creatures or faces using letters, just like this one from the book! There are plenty more inside to jog the imagination; Make a family tree of your own.


For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

AND NOW, if you haven’t already heard, I am happy to be able to tell you about Renee LaTulippe’s new course – THE LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB and a GIVEAWAY – a scholarship for the course – on her post TODAY!

The course is designed for

–Rhyming PB writers who would like a stronger foundation in the mechanics of poetry
–Prose PB writers who would like to punch up the lyricism of their writing through poetic techniques
–Writers who would like to learn more about writing poetry for children

I happen to be one of the very lucky beta testers of the first five lessons of her course. Renee wanted at least one total newbie to give it a trial run. Someone who may have dabbled but really had no clue what they’re doing. ME! No joke, I GET it now, even what is meant by ‘don’t mess with the stress!’ Teresa Robeson wrote a much more descriptive post about her beta experience – HERE

I know, practice makes perfect. I’m an amateur not a fool, but look at some of my  homework: first, an iambic quatrain

I’d like to drink a cup of tea
in your adoring company
But if you don’t enjoy the tea
Ingest! Delight! Just bask in me!

Maybe not gonna bring the house down, but I got the beat (everybody get on your feet… No? Too 80’s for ya?)

Just one more – not quite there yet, but here is my first try at the anapest (and Wantagh is where I grew up) —

In the middle of winter in Wantagh
I caught cold from the breezy night air
Though my mother had taught me much better
I camped on a patio chair

She said, Child what on earth were you thinking
your whim could have caught you your death
for in Wantagh the devil is lurking
on the moisture that carries your breath

I did rock out an AWESOME double dachtyl, but I can’t share it yet because I’m being brave –  going to enter it in my library’s contest this month – Battle of the Bards!

42 thoughts on “PPBF: All Kinds of Families and a New Course: The Lyrical Language Lab!!

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  2. Wow! So whose a clever girl? I loved the swinging poetry and may I say, I enjoy the 80’s… humph!
    As for the All Kinds of Families… I loved the cover so cute. How neat to make animals out of letters. Great PPBF choice, thanks, Julie. You are gonna be one busy lady this month huh? 🙂


  3. My favorite Hoberman book is I LIKE OLD CLOTHES which was recently re-issued with new illustrations!

    Fabulous job with your poetry! Renee’s course sounds fabulous. 🙂


  4. I love your poems! It’s so much fun being in the tester class with you. 🙂

    Your PPBF pick sounds fun; I’ll have to look for it too. Your hobby of displaying your favorite books on the shelf cracks me up!


  5. Thanks for introducing me to Hoberman and Boutavant. I love how the author shows such a variety of different families, beyond human. And, the illustrations are beautiful. Very simple. I enjoyed your poems too.


  6. This book looks quite “cheeky” !! Kids in elementary school spend a lot of time learning about families – in social studies, in science, and in math! Sorting into patterns and families is a big activity. This book sounds like it would go nicely with anything! Love it! I’ll be checking it out for sure. And – I think you’re well on your way to being a poet extraordinaire!


  7. Oh, yeah, those colors are fantastic! Love the illos, but I love your library hobby more! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your beta poems and for being such a gung-ho tester and supporter! You are always a joy to hang out with. And I’m so excited about the contest – please keep me posted. Your double dactyl is AMAZING!


  8. I know you really like this book because you long to have a fridge that orderly! Love the colors and concept.

    Your anapest is brilliant. I would love to do renee’s course one day.


  9. I love your gorgeous poems, and how the last one is a little dark. I recently also accidentally picked up ‘All Kind Of Families’ and fell in love with the illustrations.


  10. I can see the similarities between your illustrations and Marc’s . . . Engaging! I wish I had more hours in my day to invest in another course. Although I don’t use rhyme frequently, I sure could use a course on developing the skill. You certainly have, Julie. Well done!


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