The book does not just explain straightforward connections like uncle or sister, but also sensitively introduces the idea of step-families, half-brothers and even adoption. The book celebrates the family in all its forms, encouraging not only a respect for your relatives but also other families around you, recognizing that no one family is the same. This book is one in a loosely-related series by award-winners Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom which takes an informative but friendly look at some of concerns of young children that relate to their immediate world and which they need to understand as part of 'growing up'. In doing so, they also provide an indispensable resource for any parent or teacher who is helping children understand these issues.
Mick Manning was head of illustration at Glasgow School of Art. He has written and illustrated a number of children's books. Brita Granstrom has also illustrated many books, including some for Walker Books. They are married and live in Berwick upon Tweed with their three sons. Mick and Brita won the silver Smarties award for The World is Full of Babies, the TES information book award for What's under the bed? and English Association's award for non-fiction for Wash, Scrub, Brush. How Did I Begin? was short listed for the Rhone-Poulenc science award.