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Mary QuattlebaumAll kids are curious about when they were little. What was I like, they wonder. How have I changed? In a story of Russian adoption, Adrienne Ehlert Bashista mines this curiosity in When I Met You. "When I met you, you lived in Russia, a country far across the ocean," states the mother narrator at the beginning. "Now, you live here, close to my heart." The contrast between "when" and "now" continues throughout and proves especially powerful in scenes contrasting the girl's former heavy snow boots with her pink, pirouetting ballet slippers and the long row of orphanage cribs with the girl's own room and reassurance that she "can call Daddy and me when you need us in the night." Beautiful watercolors by Christine Sykes prove a perfect match for Bashista's lyrical prose. Sykes manages to convey a wealth of emotions--uncertainty, joy, loneliness, love--without devolving into sentimentality or cluttering her pictures.