Hi there! Today I'm featuring a sweet picture book that I found at my local library's book sale last month, and I've never seen it before but am so glad that I came across it.
Do you know anything about your family's ancestors? Do you ever talk to your kids about where they come from or who their great-great, and great-great-great, and great-great-great-great grandparents were? My family never knew much about our ancestors until a couple of years ago. I got really interested in genealogy a few years ago and was able to find my great-greats through research. It was really fun, and it gave me a new sense of self. It also gave me the ability to tell my kids what I found. (My great-great-great grandfather journeyed from the Black Forest in Germany all the way to New Orleans to find work and start a family.)
In this book, a grandmother is sitting in the house that has been in her family for generations, and she is talking to her grandchild about their family history. Her history isn't fancy just like most of our histories aren't. It is the story of fathers and mothers who worked hard and built a home and a family through generations.
I loved the detailed illustrations that show life in different time periods. I love how the progression of the family builds one on top of the other. It's a great way to show younger readers what the concept of ancestors means and why they are so special to each family.
So, read this book and talk to your kids about who they are and where they come from. And if you are like me and don't know who your ancestors are, I highly recommend a little internet research. The information I have found has been a treasure to me. Cheers! Have a great day!