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Summary: After her chick is born, a mother bird comes to realize that all the love she has for her baby may not be enough. She is confused and worried. She speaks with a wise owl, who suggests that she consider adoption. At first she says 'no,' but then accepts that her baby would thrive in a forever home with a family of shore birds. This is an adoption story to explain a birth parent's journey toward making an adoption plan.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a special story. The Mulberry Bird, more than any other book, has come closest to our adoption journey. The focus on the birth mother's struggle is very important - particularly to our preteen who is asking questions about being "given away." This is a book to buy when your child is an infant to save for the days when they come to you curious about their biological family.
Pros: This beautiful story can help all families - not just adoptive ones - appreciate the love that goes into becoming a family.
Cons: We have seen The Mulberry Bird recommended for children as young as 5. The story requires a level of empathy that they may not have, and because of that, reading it with very young children could leave them confused or angry.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Regardless of your adoptive journey, this is a must-have book for helping your child understand what their biological mother went through.
Educational Themes: The focus of the story is adoption, and the story is presented in such a way that you can open discussions from each person's perspective, from the birth mother and her baby to the adoptive family's feelings, too.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.