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Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins, Publishers,
Summary: A little girl, having heard the story and memorized the events, simultaneously asks recites for her parents all the details of how they became a family on the day she was born. A simple story that celebrates love and family.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 2.1
Age of Child: started reading at 1 year
Young Reader Reaction: Just like the little girl in the book, "I born" is a frequent request
Adult Reader Reaction: It's a simple presentation of the ideas of family and adoption. It never gets tiring because it reminds us all over again how special our little one is and how wonderful it is to watch her grow. And the illustrations have humor built in.
Pros: The book is written "toddler speak," and moves quickly. It's a great way to introduce adoption because it focuses on the things important to kids
Cons: None really. If you're looking for a story that exactly matches your adoptive situation (or if you adopted an older child), this may not be the book you're looking for.
Borrow or Buy: This is a nice book…and probably a keeper that will stay with the child forever.