This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Do you have cousins? How many and where do they live? Are they close to you in age? Do you see them at family gatherings? All living creatures have cousins. It’s part of that wonderful, elaborate connection known as a family tree. Sometimes we know our cousins; sometimes we don’t. But they’re out there and they are a part of your family, just like you. Even bushy-tailed squirrels have cousins – and lots of them. There’s so much you can do with cousins, but the important thing is that cousins can be best friends for life, even when you don’t live close enough to get together regularly.
Marnie Reynolds-Bourque’s picture book story, Cousins, is a different type of story that addresses family connections. There aren’t many books about cousins and extended family connections, so this book is an interesting gem to help young readers understand how a large family is interconnected. The book is designed for interactive conversations between the child and parent/guardian. Complete with colorful illustrations, focusing on the squirrel family as a non-partisan example, each page has only a few simple words so young readers can increase their reading vocabulary. At the end are some family tree examples to demonstrate where and how cousins fit into the extended family perspective. This provides a visual concept of how the family units are connected, while the parent/guardian can fill in the blanks of their own specific family bonds. It’s interesting that the author includes family friend connections, what we used to describe as courtesy aunts, uncles, and cousins – family without the blood ties that bind. Beautifully and compassionately presented.