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I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES

Author: Rose Lewis

Illustrator: Jane Dyer

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2000

Material: hard cover

Summary: A mother tells her young daughter how they came to be a family. This is first-person story about a woman who traveled to China to adopt a baby girl.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 34 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He was taken with the story, and would routinely "chat" with the baby in the book. This is the first adoption book where s/he requested additional readings.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet, personal story. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the narrative is neither extensive nor technical.

Pros: The story allows parents to introduce the CONCEPT of adoption in a positive, non-technical, non-specific way. Perfect for preschoolers. The illustrations are not so detailed that the child could be a dark-haired girl of nearly any nationality.

Cons: None, really. There is no father in this story, so it may not fit all adoptive families.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. If you are an adoptive family with a little girl, all of you will treasure the story.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OVER THE MOON: AN ADOPTION TALE   OUR TWITCHY   THE SEA CHEST

Educational Themes: The book offers a simple presentation for explaining (international) adoption.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, adoption, picture book, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004

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