Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis

Still a FamilyStill a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis; illustrated Jo-Shin Lee. 2016. Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company.

Brief summary: A young homeless girl sleeps on a cot next to her mother in a shelter for women and children only. Her father is in a shelter for men.  Too young to attend school, she stays at the shelter and shares her doll, Molly, with the girl next to her. The parents take turns caring for their daughter while the other looks for work. They do things together like eating at the soup kitchen and playing in the park . Months go by. Even though they are in different shelters and under different roofs, they are still a family.

Comments: This is one of those books that will create great conversations and discussions with children about homelessness. How would  you feel if you lived in a shelter? What would you miss the most? If you could only take one toy with you, what one would you choose? Although this is a difficult subject, the author wrote it in a way that the young reader of the story will get of a glimpse of children who live in homelessness and not be exposed to some of the harsher situations that could occur. This would be a good addition for elementary school library collections.

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