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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: As a family, we celebrate all kinds of achievements, all through your life ... not just your toothless grin, when you crawled, or your first steps. This is an adoption story for children adopted as toddlers, preschoolers or older.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the cats and thought they were cute, but that the book was for "little kids." She seemed to appreciate the fact that because she was adopted as an infant, we do have stories to share with her.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book reminds us that there is no formula for being a "family." The illustrations are cute and the Cat family (with their unique colors) add to the message.
Pros: This is a nice rhyming book to give kids adopted as young children a book that fits their situation, reassures them about the love of a family, and makes them feel special.
Cons: There are times when the rhyme seems to miss a beat, but that's minor.
Borrow or Buy: This is a buy for foster and adoptive families. For everyone else: Please borrow this book. There is a multicultural element that make this a nice way to introduce diversity and get kids thinking beyond themselves.
Educational Themes: Use this book to celebrate the moments-to-come for a child adopted as a young person. The story lays the perfect setting for creating your own wish list of the "firsts" you would like to share as a family.
Notes: The author 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.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adoption, family, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007, September 2011
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.