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Summary: Barley loves to hear the story about how he is Mama Bear's wish come true. How did she know her wish would come true when he was in her tummy? Did she know what he would look like after he was born? Why don't they look alike. This is a story that helps children understand how special they are and how families come to be.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: We love this story. It is a great reminder (particularly on those l-o-n-g days) about how special your child is. This is a book that's sure to be a favorite ... and result in an extra hug at bedtime.
Pros: Children will love this picture poem about how they are a special part of their family. Barley asks all the questions they start asking at around 4 years old.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful book to share and inscribe with a personal note to your child.
Educational Themes: This is a book for sharing the journey of becoming a family. It covers a lot of the questions kids ask when they are trying to figure out how they fit in their family and what makes them special.
Notes: This is a complementary title to I Wished for You: an Adoption Story. Barley's questions are the same, but the story changes to address the biological parent of an adopted child.