The holiday season reminds me of families. One of my favorite parts of books is seeing wonderful families in books. Here are some of my favorites.
Anne of Green Gables
Family: Anne with her adopted parents, sister and brother Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert
Anne's family is an unlikely family. Sister and brother Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert set out to adopt a boy to help on their farm, but somehow a red-headed and delightfully unpredictable girl shows up.
A Wrinkle in Time
Family: Meg Murry, her parents (though her father is missing for most of the book), her twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, and her little brother Charles Wallace
Meg is one of the most real teen characters I ever met when I was a pre-teen. Meg moans about how she doesn't fit in with her beautiful mother and her athletic twin brothers, but, in the process of going off to rescue her missing father, she bonds with her quirky and brilliant little brother as well as her future husband Calvin.
Family: Four sisters---Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, their mother, and their father (working far from home)
The March family lives in genteel poverty during the American Civil War, and the father is forced to work as a pastor in a distant location. Meg and Jo, the elder sisters, must work to support the family. The girls and their mother deeply love and care for each other.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Family: Sister and brother Scout and Jem, with their father Atticus Finch and their servant Calpurnia
Precocious Scout roams the town with her brother Jem. The two get great guidance and love from their father and the household servant Calpurnia.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Family: Cassie Logan and her three brothers Stacey, Christopher John, and Little Man; Cassie's parents Mama and Papa; and Cassie's grandmother Big Ma.
The Logan parents work hard to run their farm and both have additional jobs to help pay the taxes on the land. The black parents try to carefully teach their children to navigate the dangerous waters of racist 1920s Mississippi.
Because of Winn-Dixie
Family: Ten-year-old Opal Buloni, her father, The Preacher, their scruffy dog, Winn-Dixie and all their new friends---the librarian Miss Franny Block, grumpy neighbor Amanda Wilkinson, pet store owner Otis, recovering alcoholic Gloria Dump.
The Preacher has always been very sad since Opal's mother ran off. Opal and The Preacher move to a new town in Florida, and gradually make a new family with all the new people they meet there.
Family: Henry Huggins, his mom and dad, and his dog Ribsy
A lot of people love Ramona and her sister Beezus best of Beverly Cleary's characters, but I've always loved Henry Huggins. Henry is an only child and he manages to talk her mother into allowing him to bring home a stray dog he finds. I love the scene where Henry tries to take this mess of a dog on the city bus in a cardboard box.
Family: Five sisters---Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie---and their immigrant parents
All-of-a-Kind Family is the story of a poor but close-knit Jewish family living in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. The five sisters and their parents have many small adventures in the city and they all are drawn together closely by their strong Jewish faith.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Family: Efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreath, with their twelve kids
Cheaper by the Dozen is the true stories of efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and their family of twelve children.
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Family: Mia, her parents, her grandmother Abuela, and their parrot Mango
Abuela comes to live with Mia and her parents in America, and Mia soon learns that Abuela doesn't know English. It's a difficult situation because Mia doesn't speak Spanish. Their parrot Mango somehow helps them work out the problems.
Last Stop on Market Street
Family: C.J. and his grandma Nana
Nana and C.J. go every Sunday after church to serve food in a soup kitchen. Nana patiently answers all C.J.'s questions about the things others have that they do not, all the while serving as a role model for helping others.
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