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When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family. Sarah tells of flying to China with her parents where they adopted her sister, Rachel. Christopher tells about his parents' divorce. They are still a family, but now he and his brother spend a few days every week at their dad's apartment. Nick lives with his parents, five siblings, and his grandparents--they need to order three large pizzas for dinner And Hannah tells how she loves to garden with her two mommies. "All Families are Special enhances Norma Simon's classic "All Kinds of Families (see page 46) and her more recent "All Kinds of Children (see below) . Her newest book provides contemporary examples, including blended and international families. Children will be pleased to find families similar to their own here, and to talk about what Mrs. Mack says--"No two families are the same, but every family is special. "

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Norma Simon

Norma Simon has published more than fifty books for children. Her bookshave the special quality of engaging children because they deal with experiences which have rich emotional meaning for them. Her books explore awide spectrum of topics ranging from playful accounts of children and pets,from the pleasures of a rainy day (WET WORLD is her most recent book forCandlewick) to books which help children deal with death and separation. Ms. Simon has had a lifetime of experience working with children as ateacher, parent, and, for more than twenty-eight years, working as avolunteer with the children in her local elementary school. Her formal education includes a B.A. from Brooklyn College and,significantly for her career, an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education. As a pioneer in "progressive" education for children, the Bank StreetCollege philosophy of early childhood education continues to influence herwork. On a personal note, Norma Simon grew up in New York City. Her parents camefrom Europe as adults. Her extended family all shared a big brownstonehouse in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived until she was six with herparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. For the past thirty years, Norma and her husband have lived on Cape Cod,Massachusetts. She enjoys fishing on Cape Cod Bay, clam digging, huntingfor wild mushrooms, gardening, cooking and--when she has time--reading.

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