Bringing Asha Home

By Mitali's Fire Escape

A perfect choice for a parent who wants to introduce the process of adoption to an older sibling, this book will also spark a re-telling of a family’s own impatient waiting for a child. Teachers can use it to explore the concept of waiting for good things in general — like spring, festival days, and babies, adopted or biological. I especially appreciated that neither text nor pictures make a fuss about the fact that the family is interracial. This makes Bringing Asha Home a prototype of a new generation of picture books where multiculturalism is celebrated but not allowed to commandeer the plot.