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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Jacob and Gabe, ages eight and four, prepare for their mother's trip to Vietnam to bring home their new baby sister. The author is successful in explaining both the intricacies of adoption procedures as well as details of life in an observant Jewish home. A smattering of Vietnamese culture is also included. The appealing and bright watercolor illustrations show touches of whimsy and lightheartedness that add to the story. The true multicultural aspect of this book emerges as the baby is immersed into the Mikvah (ritual bath) and given her Hebrew name. She is Vietnamese, American, and Jewish, and, Mrs. Stein says, she'll be many more things someday. Mr. Stein replies, You can be as many things as you want to be. Or at least you can try.–Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles
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... [Tells] the international adoption story in words and pictures that confront adoption issues with sympathy and love, including the painful facts of biological parents forced to abandon their children. [...]
Sugarman, who has an adopted daughter from Vietnam, draws on her experience to tell a moving story of a Jewish family and their baby girl "who will always be Vietnamese and Jewish and American." Much of the story is told from the viewpoint of the American siblings, Jacob and Gabriel, who see their mother leave for Vietnam, eagerly read her e-mails with photos, and hug their baby sister in welcome. The graphic-style pictures show the family bliss at home, the ritual of the baby's conversion to Judaism, and the ongoing celebration of her rich cross-cultural heritage. Hazel Rochman
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