My Family Tree and Me



This one-of-a-kind picture book provides a beautifully simple introduction to the concept of family ancestry. It uses two stories in one to explore a small boy's family tree: the boy tells the family story of his father's side starting from the front of the book, and that of his mother's side starting from the back of the book. Four previous generations are introduced for each, from his great-great-grandparents to his parents. The grand finale in the center of the book reveals the boy's entire extended family, shown in one drawing with all the members from both sides identified by their relationship to him. Of particular interest is the cultural diversity of the boy's family, which includes European and Asian ancestors, and readers can visually interpret the family members' physical characteristics as they get passed on through the generations.
Award-winning illustrator Du?an Petri?i?'s classic artwork contains thoughtfully selected details with a touch of play and humor. And, since most of the story is told in the art, this is a wonderful tool for enhancing children's visual literacy as they spend time making connections and looking for clues. This book makes a great springboard for lessons on describing and sharing family histories and naming family relationships. Applicable in-class activities could include having children build their own family trees or imagine and draw portraits of their ancestors featuring period and cultural details. This title also lends itself to discussions on multiculturalism in families and in the larger community.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Kids Can Press
Publish Date
April 01, 2015
9.1 X 0.3 X 12.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Du?an Petri?i? is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Lickety-Split. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Du?an Petri?i? is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Lickety-Split. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


... his globe-spanning family tree ... All are drawn with live-wire lines and witty, humanizing details ... Both sides lead to the showstopping centerpiece.--New York Times
What a wonderful way to have a discussion with a child about his roots! ... this could spark a sharing of one's background and fostering a sense of pride in how our families make each one of us special.--CM Magazine
This is a must-have title with an emphasis on the diversity and the love that binds families together.--School Library Journal
Petri?i? presents a scavenger hunt, urging readers to seek out connections in their own family trees.--National Post
It's a strong, warm visual representation of all that goes in to making a family.--Publishers Weekly
Children's thinking about their own extended families will appreciate this clever picture book.--Booklist
Cartoonist Petri?i?'s gift for caricature is put to joyful use here, showing one family in all its variations and particular beauty.--The Horn Book Magazine, Starred review
Budding genealogists will enjoy poring over this illustrated family history.--Kirkus Reviews
... this is vivacious, comic and wonderfully characterful.--Toronto Star