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Author: Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2003

Material: hard cover

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, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.9

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).

Cons: None.

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, picture book, animal characters, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004

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