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Children's Books

Rebecca's Journey HomeRebecca's Journey Home

by Brynn Olenberg Sugarman and Michelle Shapiro (Illustrator)
Publication: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2006

Ages 4-8


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. -- School Library Journal




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