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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: A mother tells her young daughter how they came to be a family. This is first-person story about a woman who traveled to China to adopt a baby girl.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Reading Level: 3.8
Age of Child: Started reading with child 34 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He was taken with the story, and would routinely "chat" with the baby in the book. This is the first adoption book where s/he requested additional readings.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet, personal story. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the narrative is neither extensive nor technical.
Pros: The story allows parents to introduce the CONCEPT of adoption in a positive, non-technical, non-specific way. Perfect for preschoolers. The illustrations are not so detailed that the child could be a dark-haired girl of nearly any nationality.
Cons: None, really. There is no father in this story, so it may not fit all adoptive families.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. If you are an adoptive family with a little girl, all of you will treasure the story.