Me and the Family Tree

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Oct. 2022. 24p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781728242491.
PreS-K–In rhyme, a young Black girl celebrates the parts of herself that resemble other family members. She has her uncle’s chin, a grandma’s cheeks, and so on. At the end, she compares herself to a “little sprig” that will one day be the personification of her family tree. Weatherford’s poetry celebrates Black features and encourages all children to look at themselves and their relatives in a new way. The poem has a clear rhyme scheme but allows for a freestyle rhythm. Corrin’s artwork depicts the characters in sunny, colorful, outdoor environments. The girl is shown with each relative as they compare. Some are identical, some are less than similar.
VERDICT A sweet addition to the board book and intergenerational shelves.

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