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Real Sisters Pretend

  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

    Must Read Picture Book/Early Reader—Massachusetts Center for the Book CCBC Best-of-the-Year Choice

    CSMCL Best- of-the-Year Choice—Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature


    Mia wants to pretend that she and Tayja are princesses, and Tayja agrees—as long as they can be hiking princesses. The sisters’ imaginations lead them up and down mountains in a perilous journey with their mighty lion protector. As they play, Mia and Tayja confirm that there’s one thing they don’t have to pretend: They know in their hearts that they’re real sisters, even though others don’t always recognize this since they’re adopted and don’t look alike. Safe in the knowledge that adoption has made them “forever family,” the sisters end their make-believe journey with a joyful homecoming to a real home with their two moms.

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