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“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”
Summary: Of all of the stories Barley and Mama Bear share together, his favorite is the one about his family and how he became part of Mama Bear's family. He is curious about wishes ... he wishes for a lizard ... but he has never wished for a "somebody." So how does that work? This picture poem tells an adoption story.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved this story. We have read it several times (at her request), and every time she snuggles just a little bit closer and asks for a kiss!
Adult Reader Reaction: As an adoptive family, we are always on the lookout for books that share our feelings, but also help to answer all of the questions that a 6-year-old has ... in a way a 6-year-old can understand. This book does that perfectly.
Pros: Children will love this picture poem about being an adoptive family. For kids, Barley asks the questions they would ask (if they knew how) and for parents, it touches your heart.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! For an adoptive family, the story speaks from a child's heart and the soothing images and language are wonderful. All of their questions are answered, without the 'overload' we parents tend to offer.
Educational Themes: This is a book for sharing the journey of becoming a family. It covers a lot of the questions kids ask when they are trying to figure out how they fit in their family and how families are created.