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FAMILIES ARE FOREVER

Author: Craig Shemin

Illustrator: John McCoy

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Publisher: As Simple As That®, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Rain, a six-year-old girl tells us her story of how she came from China to live with her Mom and Bo, her stuffed hippo. This is a first-person story about becoming an adoptive family.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: read with 4-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: Our child liked looking at the pictures and asking about when s/he was a baby.

Adult Reader Reaction: We liked this story. Because of our child's questions, we were able to introduce a "second plot" with our own adoption story. Although this is a story of Chinese adoption, we didn't feel limited by it in our situation (which was a domestic adoption).

Pros: The story has great universal appeal. The story emphasizes creating a family, with adoption playing a role, but not taking center stage to the love itself.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This will particularly appeal to families of international adoption, but all adoptive families will enjoy the story.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OVER THE MOON: AN ADOPTION TALE   TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN   OUR TWITCHY

Educational Themes: Every family can enjoy this story. It can help young children write their own story, adopted or not. It is a great way to introduce adoption as a concept of love.

Notes: 2008 Silver Recipient: Illustrated Series, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, family, cultures and tradition, adoption

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2006

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