Time for a most huggable picture book!
“When Mia moved in, Mom and Dad had a room ready for her.
‘All yours,’ they said.'”
“Mia liked it, but it needed something.
‘Perfect,’ said Mia. ‘And all mine.'”
There you have it. This is a book that features an adopted child without the word “adoption” being mentioned anywhere within its pages. This book is not a “message” book about adoption.
It’s about siblings learning to share.
Mia gets a brother. We don’t know, specifically, whether the little brother is adopted or not, but that’s not the point. Mia now needs to share her space with a sibling. She discovers that while she has to share half of everything, life is twice as much fun.
Until it isn’t….and Mia decides to move out. I LOVE Mom and Dad’s reaction when Mia says she’s moving out forever:
“Hmm,” said Dad. “Forever’s a long time.”
“Better take a friend,” said Mom.
So understated. So perfect.
First Mia moves into the bathroom. It doesn’t work out. Then the basement. It, too, doesn’t work out. Mia searches and searches for the right place. But she runs out of ideas.
Then, when she hears that Brandon wants to move out “forever,” she says:
“Forever’s a long time. Better take a friend.”
With that, she slips his hand in hers and gets the best idea of all. You’ll have to read the book to find out just what that idea is.
Paige Keiser’s illustrations are sweet and expressive, perfectly suited for this funny and warm, ultimately huggable, story of siblings and how they learn to share.