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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
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.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This will particularly appeal to families of international adoption, but all adoptive families will enjoy the story.