A young boy traces his ancestry from his great-great-grandparents to his own family in the present day. But as in every family, there is more than one side to the story! From front to back, follow along as the boy links the relatives on his dad's side. Then, from back to front, begin again as the boy links the relatives on his mom's side. A mini-lesson in genealogy, this unique flipped story explores how generations can all be connected, playfully reflected through illustrations of recurring, inherited physical traits among family members.
Preschool-Grade 2. On the traditional front page, a little boy with a mop of red hair and Asian facial features introduces his European great-great-grandparents in a sepia-toned illustration showing the couple in front of an old-timey car. Next come his great-grandparents, who pose in front of a framed version of the picture on the previous page, followed by Pops and Nana. Beginning from the back of the book, readers meet the boy’s ancestors on his mother’s side. First a sepia-toned picture of his Chinese great-great-grandparents on a stoop, then his great-grandparents wearing the iconic uniform of the People’s Republic of China, and then on to the jaunty double-page portrait of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and one sneaky neighbor at the heart of the book. Petricic’s exaggerated watercolor figures all have happy faces and rosy cheeks, and family resemblances are impossible to miss. Small details link each colorful illustration and hint at historical changes. This lively and easy-to-follow family tree gracefully traces the little boy’s vast and varied ancestry. Children thinking about their own extended families will appreciate this clever picture book.