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The Purim Superhero Paperback – January 1, 2013
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The main character in the book is trying to decide what to wear for his Hebrew School's Purim carnival; he wants to dress up as a space alien, but all his friends are going as superheroes (from the Marvel and DC pantheons; my daughter could name them all except Wolverine). Feeling pressured to do what everyone else does instead of what he wants to do, Nate seeks out advice from his daddies, and learns about the bravery of Queen Esther back in Biblical times. His ultimate costume choice is creative and inspirational, and everybody winds up happy.
My daughter loved the book and asked me to read it again as soon as I finished the first time. So that counts as a big thumb's-up from her.
If there's a complaint, it's that the author seems to forget that Superman is both a space alien AND a superhero at the same time... had Nate been given that information at any point in the book, he wouldn't have had such a difficult choice in selecting his Purim costume.
Pros: Loved the totally normalized presence about two dads. This is very much a book about a kid trying to figure out how to be true to himself and not in any way about the “problem” of having two dads. Totally fits my personal goal of finding books where kids happen to have two dads or two moms, but the book isn’t ABOUT that. And the illustrations are cute.
Cons: If you are hoping to learn more about Purim, this isn’t the book for you. Judging by some of the other reviews, lots of folks bought this book hoping to get a Purim story, and here Purim is really more a plot device than the point.
The Bottom Line: Cute! Normalizing! Nice to have a picture book about a Jewish family with same-sex parents. Would recommend.
I have to say that overall I was disappointed in this book. Although this is a children’s book, I still believe that there is a great deal more that the author could have done with the story.
For starters, the book is called The Purim Superhero; however, after reading the book I know nothing more about Purim than when I began. It was briefly mentioned and then swept under the rug. While I appreciate the authors desire to write a book about the importance behind standing on one’s own two feet and how powerful this “movement” can be, I guess I did not really think it necessary. I guess the title of the book lead me to believe I was going to be reading about a little superhero but that was not the case.
More importantly, I feel this book really missed the mark in introducing a more “diverse” family life. The main character of the book, Nate, has a daddy and Abba; two daddy’s. While that is great in theory, there was no other diversity in the storyline. If you look at the characters in the book they all look the same. In my opinion, it is difficult to convey a message if you only go halfway.
Is this a cute story? I really think it has/had the potential to be. Unfortunately, I think the author tried to “pack” too much in to the storyline of a book that should be somewhat simple as it is geared towards children age 4 to 9. Why not just focus on Purim, diversity, or the importance of being yourself and being proud of who you are?Read more ›
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This is not a book about Purim. Poorly written and very moralistic - feels like it was created with only one purpose in mind, to offer books about different types of families. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alice Epstein
I really like this book. Not only does it introduce little ones to less-traditional families, but the moral of the story is great: be true to yourself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gail
This book clearly rejects the Torah's injunction concerning homosexual relations - and goes miles further by normalizing that rejection. All this from a Jewish publication house. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CRE
One of the lines in the book says, "abba, one of her dads."
I found this pushing of a gay marriage agenda an unnecessary intrusion.
Very sweet book about being yourself and also figuring out how to fit in. And it's always great to have another representation of families with same-sex parents.Published on May 6, 2014 by VE
I heard about this book and could not be more delighted. It is an everyday account of a family with two dads. The challenge of the story is around the kid, Nate. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Aj Campbell
Great book! It's nice to see a Purim story that treats non-traditional families as normal. I bought two copies and donated them to my synagogue.Published on March 31, 2014 by T. Friend
I liked this book as an example of how a normal Jewish family operates around Purim. The connection to the actual Purim story is weak, but it's still cute, and a good message... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by ChavahAZ