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Cover: Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market

Adam and his parents are at the Eastern Market—a colorful and racially diverse, though somewhat generic, place—when he gets distracted by a bird and wanders off. He tugs on a blue dress to show his Mama but is surprised to find that the person isn’t her. Adam jogs along, searching and encountering more people who resemble but are not his parents. As his worry grows, we see that adults in the crowd are gesturing a small boy’s height and the direction in which he was last seen. Unbeknownst to Adam, people—strangers and family members alike—have been looking for him, and when they find him, they also find each other. Adam’s parents embrace the people who helped spread the word, and a community is strengthened. Common Threads, though nearly wordless, illustrates peoples’ differences and similarities and the confusion and joy both can provide. Back matter invites readers to become “cultural detectives,” to notice people’s appearances and ask respectful questions in order to learn more. Pair with Just Ask (2019) by Sonia Sotomayor.

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