The Purim Superhero

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By – May 13, 2013
Nate loves aliens. He wants to dress as an alien for Purim but his friend Max says all the boys are going to be super­heroes. Nate has two fathers. He con­fides in both his Abba and his Dad­dy. Abba says you don’t always have to be like every­one else. Like Queen Esther, when you show who you real­ly are, it makes you stronger. Dad­dy says that a super­hero is just some­one who is brave and strong on the out­side or on the inside. He tells Nate he can make up a super­hero. Nate man­ages to com­bine his own idea, being an alien, with what the oth­er boys are doing, being super­heroes. On Purim, Nate sur­pris­es every­one by being a Super Alien” and wins a prize for orig­i­nal­i­ty. He learns that he doesn’t have to do what the oth­er boys do but can be who­ev­er he wants to be. The fact that Nate has two fathers is not played up as an issue; it is a nat­ur­al, com­fort­able part of the sto­ry. This sweet sto­ry about a lov­ing and sup­port­ive fam­i­ly has bright, col­or­ful illus­tra­tions and is rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 9
Diane Levin Rauschw­erg­er is librar­i­an for Con­gre­ga­tion Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA, and has worked as a children’s librar­i­an for the Sun­ny­vale Pub­lic Library. She is the author of a series of children’s pic­ture books, includ­ing Dinosaur on Hanukkah, Dinosaur on Passover, and Dinosaur on Shab­bat, pub­lished by Kar-Ben Publishing.

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