My Big Family by Yanitzia Canetti, illustrated by Micha Archer

Published by Reycraft Books

My Big Family: Canetti, Yanitzia, Archer, Micha: 9781478867906: Amazon.com:  Books

Summary:  There are just three people in Alex’s family: him and his mom and dad.  He knows he has a big family in Cuba, so when his parents tell him his abuela is coming to stay, he’s thrilled.  The next day, his aunt Celia and her three children move in.  Then Cousin Beto arrives.  It’s fun to have so many people in the house, talking, laughing, cooking, and playing.  But it’s also crowded and noisy, and sometimes it seems like too much.  Then one morning, Mom tells Alex that Celia and Abuela are getting an apartment together, and Cousin Beto is moving out too.  Things are quiet again, but not for long…a new baby sibling is on the way!  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The story celebrates family and Cuban culture, while realistically portraying the ups and downs of going from a family of three to a family of nine in a matter of weeks.  I loved the bright, bold illustrations featuring all kinds of patterns and colors.

Cons:  I would have liked to know more about what brought all the relatives from Cuba.

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