Published by Dial Books
Summary: Peter Mercurio tells his son Kevin the story of how he came to live with their family. When Peter’s husband Danny found a baby in a New York City subway station, it seemed at first like the little boy would be spending a long time in foster care. The two men lived in a small apartment, and their “piggy banks were empty.” But they had fallen in love with this tiny baby, and a sympathetic judge speeded up the process, choosing a loving family for him over common concerns at that time about whether or not two men could raise a child together. The ruling gave them just three days to prepare, but friends and family pitched in to get them what they needed for a baby. They brought Kevin home just before Christmas….opting, of course, to take the subway to get there. Includes an author’s note with three photos of Kevin as an infant, a toddler, and today as a college student. 40 pages; ages 4-9.
Pros: Talk about heartwarming. This book is written like a love letter from a father to a son, but manages to avoid sentimentality or mawkishness. The colorful illustrations are engaging and perfectly capture the emotions of two people suddenly thrust into the spotlight…and parenthood. A beautiful celebration of a unique family.
Cons: Thinking of all the things that could have gone wrong for baby Kevin. He is one lucky kid.