The Best Family in the World
Sunday, May 20, 2012
by: Sylvia Wolfe

Section: Children's Book Reviews

April 2010 Newsletter

Reviewed by Sylvia Wolfe, Childrens Librarian, Vista Branch Library, San Diego County Library, CA

A delightful story of adoption, this somewhat simplistic text features young Carlota who has just been notified that her adoptive family will be coming to pick her up the next day.  That night she lies awake imagining what sort of family she might end up with:  pastry chefs?  pirates?  tiger trainers?  astronauts?  As it turns out, her new family is some of each.  Her mother brings her the occasional pastry, her father hunts for treasure in an empty lot, her grandmother has two cats, and her brother has decorated her room with glow-in-the-dark stars.  They are indeed the best family in the world.  Translated from the original Spanish La Mejor Familia del Mundo, this soothing story contains warm illustrations which perfectly match the text and would be appropriate for young children anticipating new changes in their family living arrangements. Recommended.
The Best Family in the World. Susana Lopez. Illus. by Ulises Wensell. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller, 2010. First American Edition. Unpaged. $15.99 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-1-935279-47-1. Grades K-3. English.
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