Children's Poet Laureate

Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers
A Collection of Family Poems

Little, Brown & Co., 1991.

Illustrated by Marilyn Hafner.

There is something for everyone in this celebration of families - poems about families of all sizes and configurations, about brothers and sisters, adoptees and stepsiblings, parents and grandparents, even a special ode to the only child. Both poems and Hafner's warm expressive illustrations convey the sense of what makes family life at once so wonderful and so unpredictable. Told from a child's point of view, the poems are perfect for reading alone or in the classroom and for family story times as well.

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Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems

"Thirty wise, witty, neatly constructed poems…Full of insight and lots of fun."


"This humorous collection of poems is a real treasure."

Children's Literature

"The emphasis here is on diverse situations, and young listeners from nuclear, extended, fractured, foster, and adoptive families will all find a place in these poems and pictures"

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Pleasant poems for and about everyone in the family; verses are happy, bouncy, poignant, and sometimes serious. A multicultural smorgasbord - nicely written and appealingly illustrated."

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