One Family by George Shannon


One Family by George Shannon

This book is mostly about families, with some counting thrown in.  It’s a really nice book because George Shannon counts up to 10

[G] The main reason that I like this book is because it shows all different types of families, not just a traditional 2 parent, 2 kid household.  It has large, extended families and small, 2 people families.  The book has families that all look the same and families that look quite different from each other.  And it shows families doing normal activities like cooking and going to the zoo.

I also like the repetitiveness of it–each page ends with the same two words: “One family.”


[BH] I think this book is a fabulously subtle counting book. It is all about a family being one, how different people make up different families but they are still ONE family. Throughout the book each page represents a number, after reading the book a couple of times you start to notice different things. George Shannon also does a fantastic job at diversifying the families that he portrays!  I fell in love with this book after reading up to the second page. Also he ends its that we are all one family on one earth – what a great little message!

Since the characters are doing a lot of activities you have most likely done at one time or another with your little use that to start a conversation about those experiences! When was the last time you went to the zoo? walked down the sidewalk with your whole family? Sat and watched the waves?


Let’s go on a counting hunt! We have created a counting sheet for your little to find things around the house, count them and record it! They can draw a picture of how many they find, represent the number with dots or stars or something or write the number! Click on the link and print out the activity page!!!  One Family Activity (ps the activity is just one page – somehow it made two pages and I can’t figure out how to get rid of the second – this whole thing is a learning experience for us – thanks for hanging in there! )

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