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.