When the Babies Came to Stay
"Who are you?" other children ask. "Why don't you look alike?" The librarian gathers them in her arms. "Families don't always look alike," she says. "And where we're going is more important than where we came from."
This charming, lighthearted fairytale contains a message of acceptance that is particularly significant for our time.
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.