*originally published on 09/15/2015
MY FAMILY TREE AND ME Written and Illustrated by Dusan Petricic
2015; 32 Pages (Kids Can Press)
Genre: picture book, childrens, genealogy, family
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
Today we are reviewing a picture book for the little tots. When you start school you start to realize in what ways you differ from the other kids, and also start to learn about family and where you come from. This can be a heavy topic to discuss with the kiddies. It is a question of figuring out how to start the discussion…well, Dusan Petricic’s picture book, My Family Tree and Me is one way to start. He both writes and illustrates this book.
We learn that Petricic is of European background on his father’s side – starting with his great-great-grandfather meeting his great-great-grandmother all the way to his parents and his extended family. Then you flip the book and you get Patricic’s Asian background on his mother’s side – starting with his great-great-grandfather meeting his great-great-grandmother all the way to his parents and his extended family. We see the different cultures that his aunts and uncles have married to make up his family.
I enjoyed the simplistic story and really loved the illustrations that made the book unique. I am not sure about this book in eBook format as it is a bit to flip the book. You have to use the contents page to go to the back cover and then swipe the other way. While my boyfriend and I are both Canadians and from big extended families that are close we are from different ancestry – he is Italian-Polish on his paternal side and Italian-First Nations on his maternal side, and I am Indian (Punjabi) on both side. If/when we had/have kids this is a good book to introduce differences and similarities of a child’s family tree. Any thoughts?