The Storm Whale has also provided us with opportunities to talk about friendship, caring and whales. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta — a beautiful depiction of the bond between a strong-willed Italian-Australian girl and her single mum in 90s Sydney.
Families are all different, what binds them is love. First, she and her father leave their farm in Kentucky and move to Ohio.
At the school family fun night, she sees all the different family combinations and realizes it is love that makes a family. In this picture book about her divorced dad, she and her brother spend time with him and their wheelchair-bound grandmother when disaster strikes.
Her younger brother is hearing impaired so that leaves just her to keep the family together. The family book by Todd Parr — a celebration of all types of families. This is a wonderful multicultural picture book that covers themes of bullying and friendship.
Her dad moved out of their house, and into a new home, and this made her feel really sad, and that maybe it was her fault. Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence — an award winning book about a son living with his widowed mother. Why the people who love you the most! This equal opportunity, open-minded picture book has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family.
Though it is never explicitly stated, the family is depicted as a grandmother, a mother and her daughter.