Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Published by Tilbury House, May 2016.
Told with simple words and playful illustrations, this book touches on the topics of adoption, two moms, and multiracial family life.
Modern families can look very different from the nuclear families of yesteryear, but as Lambert says in the book’s introduction, No matter how a family comes to be, the most important thing is for everyone to feel loved, safe, and cared for. Real Sisters Pretend is a great vehicle for sharing that love and reassurance.
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This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them real sisters even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike. I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain, Lambert says, and I loved how they also took care of one another s feelings as they talked about adoption. Real Sisters Pretend captures these interactions perfectly and movingly.
Advanced Praise for Real Sisters Pretend:
“Where was Real Sisters Pretend
when I was growing up as an adoptee? This heartfelt and loving story is essential for those in the adoption community. It’s a positive reinforcement of the simple truth that people can look different and still be a family unit. A must-have picture book, especially in today’s world of varying family structures.” —Chris Soentpiet
, illustrator of Jin Woo
, Amazing Faces, My Brother Martin,
and other books for young readers
“In this joyful story, two adopted girls climb imaginary mountains together as they play, forging a life-long sisterhood. What an apt metaphor, given that non-traditional families scale mountains, big and small, daily. Real Sisters Pretend
empowers adopted children to find belonging and strength in the loving nests of new siblings and unique families.” —Anne Brennan Belden
, M.Sc. (Human Development/Family Relations), Adoption and Parenting Coach, adoptive mom