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Summary: Twitchy is confused when he learns that he is a rabbit and his parents are a cow and a horse. Since they are his family, he needs to look more like them. This is a story about adoption.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked Twitchy and asked to read it several times. The farm setting made it attractive to our animal lover.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story that helps introduce the idea that we are each our own person, and we don't have to "look like" someone else to share love.
Pros: The story effectively introduces how a family works, without getting technical or detailed about adoption. The narrative doesn't go overboard, and the illustrations are great (even offering a chuckle or two).
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story that has facets that will teach and reassure a child through several phases of development and self-discovery.
Educational Themes: Although billed as a book about adoption, this is also a story about the importance of being yourself and not trying model yourself after others.
Literary Categories: Fiction - family, adoption
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004
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