Babies Come From Airports
written by Erin Dealey; illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell
2017 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Some babies have a Gotcha. Today's my sister's day. And when she's big like me, I know exactly what I'll say.
A tissue warning has been issued for this book. If you read Babies Come From Airports, you will want a box nearby. And that's a good thing. Told from a little brother's point of view, this is the story of his little sister's Gotcha Day. That's the day a new member joins a family through adoption. Dad, big brother, and little brother are getting ready to go to the airport to meet Mom who is bringing home a little sister. Big brother explains to his little brother that "a big guy named Security let Mommy bring you through." Little brother has drawn a picture so he can give it to his airport friend Security. Once inside the airport, little brother whispers that he needs to find Security. As you probably guessed, mayhem ensues as an airport worker hears him and blows a whistle for Security. When he comes and meets the little brother and receives his gift picture, it is the kind of poignant moment that will make your students say "Aww." A moment later, Mom comes through holding their new baby sister. The next spread shows the little brother sitting with his little sister and leafing through her Gotcha Day photo book with a final spread showing the whole family together in an embrace.
Over the last four years, I have taught several children who have had a Gotcha Day. I am delighted that they now have a book that celebrates this special event. Babies Come From Airports will be a good resource for an engaging point of view lesson. The text and the illustrations are shaped by the point of view of the little brother which is unusual since it's normally only the text that provides the point of view. Polaroid type pictures with kid drawn labels are an example of how this point of view is carried through. Written in rhyme, you can also use this book as a shared reading or in a small group/individual fluency lesson.
I don't mind telling you. This is one of the most touching picture books I have read in quite a while. It's a sweet tale about an important family moment.