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I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother

written and illustrated by Selina Alko ($16.99; Knopf Books for Young Readers; ages 4-8)

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"Baby brother or sister, will you look like me? I blend from semisweet dark Daddy chocolate bar and strawberry cream Mama's milk…I'm your peanut butter big-brother-to-be."

This book's luscious prose and rich imagery will capture the heart and soul of any multiracial family. In it, a big brother muses about the new baby who's coming. The shade of baby's skin, the shape and color of baby's eyes, and the look and feel of baby's hair are the subjects of his fanciful imaginings. Although the book's illustrations depict a pregnant woman, a creative reader can work in the idea about how a family is formed through adoption. Or, simply take this book for what it is: a validation of our treasured children, and a celebration of today's scrumptious, melting-pot world.

Reviewed by Kay Marner, a freelance writer, who's a mom by birth and adoption. She lives with her family in Ames, Iowa.

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