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Author: Linda Walvoord Girard

Illustrator: Judith Friedman

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Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company,

Material: paperback

Summary: A young girl (probably about 5 years old) struggles with what it means to be adopted. With her family's help, she works through fears of being unloved by and returned to her birth parents. A good book for introducing the process of adoption for a young child and showing that you understand their feelings/confusion.

Type of Reading: Family reading, Playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 13

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Read with 8-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter listened to the story as we read. She was definitely processing the information as she has had questions about her adoption. I was a bit surprised that she didn't want to read it again or pick it up to just look at herself.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an excellent story not only for explaining the adoptive process, but for reassuring the child about his/her identity, recognizing their fears and re-iterating how loved they are.

Pros: This book hits on a number of key things: learning what adoption means and how the process works, explaining the choices a birthmother makes--without judging her, and 'verbalizing' the fears and thoughts of a young child.

Cons: While the concepts are introduced simply, there are lots of words to the story. Depending on the child's age, it may take a couple times to get through the story. If you didn't adopt your child as an infant, you may not find it as useful.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it to see if it's one that is suited to the way you do/don't want to explain adoption to your child.


Educational Themes: This is a good book for explaining all of the facets of adoption.

Literary Categories: fiction - adoption, family, picture book, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2003, May 2006

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