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A Most Unusual Day

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Something rather extraordinary is happening in Caroline's life today... her family is adopting a new baby sister!

Today is a very unusual day! Caroline wakes up late, forgets her socks, and feels strange all the way to school. She tries to help her teacher, but everything is mixed up today and all Caroline manages to do is make a great big mess. Finally, the school day ends and Caroline rushes outside to greet her parents, who are having a rather extraordinary day themselves. In their arms they hold Caroline's new baby sister, who has just arrived from far away.

Sydra Mallery's debut picture book is a loving celebration of family, adoption, and sisters, exquisitely realized by the acclaimed illustrator E. B. Goodale. A warm and loving story about school, family, siblings, and adoption, for anyone eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new sibling.

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"Mallery’s simple text makes readers feel her preoccupation and discomfort.... The focus of the story is Caroline’s experience, and the ways in which her perspective changes upon meeting the baby, who made “every usual thing, unusually new and perfectly right.” Because of this, the book could be read with any child expecting a new sibling, despite the baby’s depiction as older than a newborn." — Clara Hendricks, School Library Journal

"[Caroline's] mother has similar hair but lighter skin than Caroline’s, while her father and grandmother resemble each other with darker brown skin and curly, black hair.... As so very many adoption stories feature white parents with children of color, this acknowledgment that adoptive families come in as many variations as the general population is most welcome." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Sydra Mallery
Illustrator E. B. Goodale
ISBN 0062364308
Publication Date Apr 10, 2018
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Language English