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Summary: Two parents describe all of the things they did and all the help they received to create a loving home for their child., whether adopted or natural. The book describes the process of getting ready for a baby to come home.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 0 to 3
Age of Child: Started reading with 1-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes the illustrations and will usually stop her wanderings when this one is read.
Adult Reader Reaction: It's a little simplistic. We like it because its inclusive of how EVERYONE contributes to sharing love with a child, not just the parents.
Pros: Although pegged as an adoption book, it really describes how all parents feel and the things they do to prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The pastel watercolor illustrations are warm and soothing.
Cons: It may be TOO simple in trying to introduce the concept of adoption.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it. It's a nice one to cycle periodically when you want to begin talking about adoption, but has little long-term utility.
Educational Themes: A simple way to introduce that we love our children even before we meet them.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - adoption, family
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003, June 2005
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