The Family Hour by Tai Snaith. Published by Thames and Hudson
How does your family breakfast time look?
How do you keep your family cool those hot summery days?
Can you imagine living with your family underground?
Perhaps you have pondered on these questions…perhaps you have wondered what the animal families might do in their family time too?
The family hour by Tai Snaith explores how different Australian animals spend time together – frog dads sing, seadragon dads carry their babies in their pouch, echidna mothers feed their babies pink milk and Tasmanian devil families love to be noisy!
As we read through this book we had a laugh at some of the family antics, a hint of jealousy at some and a feeling of wonder with others. The animal world is so intricate and it is wonderful to read books like this one to make these facts much more fun for children.
Tai’s illustrations bring warmth to each family’s activity and just shows that any type of family – no matter which type – are all important to the happiness of each other.
So what can you do?
Learn more about Australian animals, choose one that you do not know much about and find out how they live in Australia.
Learn more about the different types of human families there are and why they are all so different – yet amongst that difference still so important.
Draw an animal family doing something that animals don’t normally do (or perhaps do whilst we aren’t looking….)
So how can you use this book at home?
Another wonderful aspect of this story are the extra facts at the back of the book which also include if this animal is endangered – a great place to start a discussion on how we can help them out.