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Family Stories

"Family stories" isn't really a recognized genre, but it should be. Sure, most novels deal with families on some level, but we aren't talking about the dysfunctional ones so common in modern (and Russian) fiction. For us, family stories are those that celebrate family life through a particular family's story, whether it's a Ma and Pa taking their girls across country in a covered wagon, an Austrian count saving his wife and kids from the Nazis, or a Jewish family in New York prior to World War I.

Tolstoy's famous observation that "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," is constantly disproved in these stories. Unhappy families are usually unhappy as a result of selfishness and sin, while happy ones enjoy remarkably diverse experiences that broaden each individual member and the whole family unit together. That's not to say happy families never suffer—they often suffer even more than others, but the difficulties bring them closer together and build character.

By extension, families who take heed of these real and fictional families' response to hardship will find themselves similarly bonded, thankful for each other instead of resentful, happy to sacrifice individual desires for the benefit of the group rather than demanding special favors. Other than Christ's Body, the family is the most important social group for Christians, and we prefer family stories that reflect a pursuit of godliness—the too-often-neglected Papa's Wife is an excellent example.

Some of the stories here are just for fun, though. Cheaper by the Dozen may not spur you on to piety, but it will make you laugh till your sides hurt. The Sarah, Plain and Tall books aren't churchy, but the love of Jacob Witting for his children and the woman who becomes their mother is instructive for us all. Family stories make good family reading, too, because the best ones appeal to each member. Besides, any activity that brings everyone together can never be considered a waste of time.

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Adoption Is for Always
by Linda Walvoord Girard
from Albert Whitman & Company
for Preschool-4th grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Alfie and the Big Boys
by Shirley Hughes
Reprint from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie and the Birthday Surprise
by Shirley Hughes
Reissue from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie Gets in First
by Shirley Hughes
Reprint from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie Gives a Hand
by Shirley Hughes
Reprint from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie Weather
by Shirley Hughes
New from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Alfie Wins a Prize
by Shirley Hughes
Reissue from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie's Alphabet
by Shirley Hughes
from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie's Christmas
by Shirley Hughes
from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie's Feet
by Shirley Hughes
Reprint from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Alfie's Numbers
by Shirley Hughes
from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
All Those Secrets of the World
by Jane Yolen
1st edition from Little, Brown & Company
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
All-of-a-Kind Family
by Sydney Taylor
from Yearling
Family Stories for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.89
All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown
All-of-a-Kind Family Series #2
by Sydney Taylor
from Lizzie Skurnick Books
Family Stories for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$9.07
All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown
All-of-a-Kind Family Series #4
by Sydney Taylor
from Lizzie Skurnick Books
Family Stories for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Angel in the Waters
by Regina Doman
from Sophia Institute Press
Realistic Fiction for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Pregnancy & Infant Care (Location: C08-07E)
$4.87
Beezus and Ramona
Ramona Collection Book 1
by Beverly Cleary
Reissue from HarperTrophy
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$1.80 (1 in stock)
Belles On Their Toes
by Frank Gilbreth & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
from HarperCollins
Family Stories for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$9.09
Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook
by Shirley Hughes
from Red Fox
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.24
Blue Willow
Puffin Newbery Library
by Doris Gates
from Puffin Books
for 4th-7th grade
1941 Newbery Honor Book
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.89
Bobbsey Twins #08
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
in Bobbsey Twins (Location: A10-02F)
Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
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$6.40 (1 in stock)
Bobbsey Twins at School
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
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$6.40 (2 in stock)
Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
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$6.40 (1 in stock)
Bobbsey Twins in the Country
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
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Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat
by Laura Lee Hope
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
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$6.40 (1 in stock)
By the Shores of Silver Lake
Little House Series #5
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-6th grade
1940 Newbery Honor Book
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
By the Shores of Silver Lake - Audio Book (CD)
Little House Series #5
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-6th grade
1940 Newbery Honor Book
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: APO-01A)
$20.79
Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Family Fiction for 3rd-7th grade
1936 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$6.39
Caddie Woodlawn's Family
by Carol Ryrie Brink
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Family Fiction for 3rd-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$6.39
Caleb's Story
by Patricia MacLachlan
from HarperCollins
Family Stories for 2nd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Canada Geese Quilt
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 1st-3rd grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$3.49
Canadian Summer
Mitchells Series #2
by Hilda Van Stockum
from Bethlehem Books
Family Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Candymakers
by Wendy Mass
from Little, Brown & Company
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.99
Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss & Crockett Johnson
from HarperCollins
Humorous Book on Botany for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.89
Chair For My Mother
by Vera B. Williams
from HarperCollins
Family Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1983 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.89 $2.70 (1 in stock)
Chalk Box Kid
by Clyde Robert Bulla
from Random House
for 1st-3rd grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.79
Charlotte's Web - Full Color Edition
by E. B. White
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-5th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.29
Cheaper By the Dozen
by Frank Gilbreth & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
from HarperCollins
Family Stories for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$10.49
Close Your Eyes
by Jean Marzollo
Library edition from Dial Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Courageous - Film Novelization
by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Mti from Tyndale House
for 8th-Adult
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Cousins
by Virginia Hamilton
First Impression from Philomel Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Cozy Book
by Mary Ann Hoberman
1st edition from Harcourt Children's Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck
from Random House
Realistic Stories for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.89
Dicey's Song
by Cynthia Voigt
from Atheneum
for 6th-10th grade
1983 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$6.99
Dobry
by Monica Shannon
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
1935 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Double Fudge
by Judy Blume
from Puffin Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.70 (1 in stock)
Double Fudge
by Judy Blume
First Printing from Scholastic Press
for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.70 (1 in stock)
Double Fudge
by Judy Blume
Fir from Scholastic Press
for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
Edward Eager's Tales of Magic
by Edward M. Eager
from Harcourt
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
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