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OVER THE MOON: AN ADOPTION TALE

Author: Karen Katz

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Publisher: Henry Holt & Company LLC, ©1997

Material: hard cover

Summary: Two parents dream about a baby, and the next night, they receive a call that their baby had been born. They flew to a faraway place to meet their baby girl and bring her home. Together, that first day, they celebrated being a family. For families who have traveled to beyond their home to adopt a child, this story puts it all together nicely.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 2½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: This took a couple readings to generate interest. Now it is an every nap/every night read, and s/he is always cooing over the baby, asking about all the characters and pointing to the moon & stars. S/He recognized events (like going outside at night to see the moon) and claiming that they are "just like me."

Adult Reader Reaction: The bright, highly stylized illustrations exude happiness. It is a rather simplistic presentation of adoption, but a nice starter story for young listeners. It's easy for them to see themselves in it.

Pros: This is a good book for talking about adoption and introducing words that your child will learn more about as s/he grows up.

Cons: The story won't fit all adoption scenarios. If you want a story that parallels yours, but you didn't travel to someplace tropical or you adopted a boy, this may not be the book you're looking for.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Even if the scenario isn't exactly yours, the illustrations are wonderful and the pages exude the happiness of becoming a family.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE DAY WE MET YOU   BEGINNINGS, HOW FAMILIES COME TO BE   LITTLE MISS SPIDER

Educational Themes: This adoption tale introduces adoption and is singularly focused on the exuberance and love of becoming an adoptive family.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adoption, family

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004, May 2004

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