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Kids Fiction 148
Beautiful story of love and acceptance
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY is a lovely story about non-traditional families, unconditional love, and community. Four babies arrive on an island unexpectedly. No one is sure what to do with them, but the librarian reads the notes pinned to their blankets and decides that they should stay. She lives above the library, and brings the babies home with her. With the help of the other people in the community, they raise the four babies with lots of love and fun.

When the children get older and other people ask where they are from and why they don't look alike, the librarian gently explains that families don't always look alike and that where we are going is more important than where we've been. Ultimately, this book carries poetic and elegant messages about acceptance and love.

What I loved: The illustrations here are absolutely lovely with plenty of colors, people, and objects of interest filling the pages. Young children will be captivated by each gorgeous page spread. While it is a longer book in terms of words, the story carries beautifully and smoothly through the pages, easily keeping the attention of toddlers and preschoolers. This book would probably also have appeal to older picture book readers, as it's a lovely and complicated enough story to keep even older children's attention and interest.

The writing here is poetic, with elegantly flowing descriptions, and words that create images themselves. It is a pleasure to read, as the words flow easily off the tongue. This is always a great feature in picture books, which make them easier and more fun for parents to read.

Final verdict: Filled with love, acceptance, and a heaping of fun, this gorgeous picture book is a pleasure for children and their caregivers to share together. Highly recommend for children of all ages who love engaging stories and elegant illustrations.
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