REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert
Adopted sisters Tayja and Mia might pretend to be mountain climbing princesses, but there’s nothing pretend about their sisterhood. Inspired by a conversation between two of the author’s own daughters, with beautiful illustrations by Nicole Tadgell.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
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.
- 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.
PRAISE FOR REAL SISTERS PRETEND
“Their happy faces and whimsical game of make-believe will engage young readers, and children who live in families touched by adoption will likely find the underlying message positive and affirming. Revealed in the last few pages is yet another way this family could be considered different—there are two mothers. Momma’s reaction to the woman in the grocery store who asks if they are “real” sisters is a simple, direct statement: “Of course they are!” The girls are secure in their knowledge that they are part of a real, loving family with both Momma and Mommy.” -School Library Journal
“Where was REAL SISTERS PRETEND when I was growing up as an adoptee? 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
“Modern families can look very different from the nuclear families of yesteryear, but 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.” – Children’s Book Council
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Dowd Lambert teaches in the graduate programs in Children’s Literature at Simmons College. At the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art she developed two original storytime models, the Whole Book Approach and A Book in Hand, which are aimed at engaging readers with the picture book as a visual art form. A frequent speaker at professional conferences, schools, libraries, and museums, she reviews children’s books for Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book and contributes to Horn Book Magazine s “Books in the Home” column. A mother of six children ranging from infancy to college-aged, Megan lives with her family in Massachusetts. Her books include A Crow of His Own and Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See.