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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: Oliver was sent to his room after doing something dangerous. He decided that if he hadn't been adopted, he wouldn't be in his room. When he started thinking about his birth parents, his imagination went wild. Ultimately he talked with his parents about it This is a story that talks about emotions, confusion, and being a family.
Type of Reading: family reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: We couldn't garner any interest in this story, even with the cute pictures of Oliver and his activities.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a little stilted. The book tries to take on two BIG subjects in one short story: dealing with adoption and how a child learns to recognize and handle his anger.
Pros: The book offers lessons on several levels. This is also a good book for sharing with children who have friends in adoptive families.
Cons: We had an E-book version of the story that, while cute, made it difficult to get our toddler's attention. That said, we have (in the past) had success just reading stories without a need to see the book itself.
Borrow or Buy: Look for a hard copy first, and borrow it. It's not going to be easy to find a hard copy to buy yourself.
Educational Themes: There is a lot you can do with this book: explaining a parent's role; helping kids resolve adoption questions; teaching them about anger and how to address it (especially being careful about what you say), and consequences for one's actions.
Notes: Not available new at Barnes & Noble.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adoption, family, picture book