When the Cousins Came (Kobo eBook)
**A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
A multicultural family story that celebrates kindness and differences**
Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They're going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything's wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don't want to camp outside.
Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their "best cousin" Lila!
Inspired by the author's own large, diverse family, When the Cousins Came is a sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship. Katie Yamasaki's tale, paired with bright mixed-media art, reminds children that negative thoughts and anxiety over exclusion don't always translate to reality, and that even when plans go wrong you can still have a good time together.
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