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‘Our Subway Baby’ by Peter Mercurio and illustrated by Leo Espinosa is a beautifully evocative tale of how a very special family was formed. Based on the true story of Peter, his partner Danny and their son Kevin, it charts the remarkable tale of how a chance discovery in a subway station changed all of their lives forever.
Written as a direct address to Kevin, the reader is drawn into the heart-warming story from the very first page.
“Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway.”
Every aspect of the book speaks to the thoughtful approach of the creators. The cleverly chosen endpapers, the illustrations (which instantly transport the reader to New York City) and the simple but poignant words all combine to create a sweet and memorable book.
This book is a lovely story in its own right but gains added significance for the endearing way in which it relates what it is to be a foster family (albeit one with slightly unorthodox beginnings!). Regardless of who is in your family or how the family came together, the most important ingredient of any family is love and
“Where there is love, anything is possible”.
The real achievement of the book is the way in which simple words are used to convey powerful sentiments. As such, it is a great way to engage children with these ideas and would make a valuable addition to any family or school library.
*This review is based upon a digital advance copy provided by Queer Lit but this has not affected the accuracy or honesty of the review in any way.