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Nate has a Purim dilemma. He loves aliens and really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision.
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Nate loves everything about aliens. He loves to draw aliens, he loves to read about aliens, and loves to think about aliens. So when it comes time to choose a costume for Purim, Nate naturally knew what he was going to be; that is until his friends at Hebrew school told him that all the boys would be dressing up as superheroes.
Worried about being different from his classmates, Nate seeks advice from his two dads, who suggest that being different can sometimes be a good thing. The reader might expect Nate’s dads to use their own family as an example. Instead, they point Nate to the lesson of Purim which celebrates Queen Esther, a girl whose courage to be true to herself ends up saving her people.
Young readers may be surprised what Nate learns from this lesson and what costume he finally chooses.
For ages 4-9, Grades: Pre K-3, 32 pages
Elisabeth Kushner, author
I’m very excited that this is a picture book about a kid with same-sex parents where his family structure is not the problem, but is still an important part of the story. I think that kids like my daughter and her friends, and like many of the kids I knew at the Jewish Day School, who’ve been lucky enough to grow up in inclusive and accepting communities, will recognize children like themselves and their friends in this story. And I hope that kids with any kind of family and any religious background who feel weird and self-conscious because they like different things than their friends or classmates — and I think that’s all kids, at some point — will find inspiration and sustenance in Nate’s story.
Elisabeth Kushner lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her family and a jumble of books and musical instruments. She spent nine years as the librarian at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, so she knows a thing or two about children’s books. If she were a superhero, she’d be Orange Ukulele Girl. Her favorite kind of hamentaschen is poppyseed. This is her first children’s book.
Mike Byrne grew up near Liverpool in the United Kingdom, moving to London to work as an illustrator by day and a crayon-wielding crime fighter by night. He lives in the English countryside with his wife and two cats, where he spends his days doodling and creating children’s books.