Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis ill by Jo-Shin Lee
A close-knit family: father, mother, daughter and her doll find themselves in a difficult situation. They are homeless. Mother and daughter are able to find sanctuary in a shelter for women and children, while dad must reside in a separate shelter for men.
Despite obstacles this family finds ways to remain close and connected. They strengthen bonds of love by spending time together in the local park, creating a private family space under a tarp, and finding creative ways to celebrate important occasions. This young girl has learned to feel safe and cared for in spite of the family's circumstances. She knows that they are still a family.
Jo-Shin Lee's illustrations take a duel perspective. She beautifully and simply captures images of the family and contrasts them with child's perceptions of her family life.
A terrific book to share with children who are homeless. An important book to share with all young readers, helping them to understand the struggles and courage of the displaced.
Thank you Brenda for this gentle and hopeful introduction to the plight of the homeless.
Back matter includes an author's note and additional resources to help children understand and serve the homeless.
How I love this little gem.