Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted

Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted

by Mary Zisk

Editorial Reviews

As a single adoptive parent myself, I was excited to see this book. It explains single parent adoption to young children. The story is simple, but covers all the major points. It also discusses the "missing daddy" issue and the feelings that might accompany that loss. I wish the book gave the child a way to explain her situation to others. In our experience, that is sometimes the most difficult aspect of single parent adoption. The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at. I wish this book had been available when my daughter was young! 2001, Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95. Ages 3 mo. to 8. Reviewer: S. Latson SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
A single woman and a little girl separated by oceans and mountains come together to form a family in this poignant book about adoption. Using simple words and colorful, detailed illustrations, the author and her daughter tell their story. Single parenthood is presented in a very positive way; the issue of a missing father is raised and dismissed as the little girl realizes she has other loving males (a grandfather and friend's father) in her life. Society is filled with many single parent families and this is true within the adoption circle as well. Adoption literature certainly benefits from another well presented story on the subject. Like the protagonist in this book, there are many children who walk in her shoes. Readers glimpse a little adjusted, happy little girl in this single parent adoptive family. 2001, Albert Whitman & Co, Pettenati
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A parent and child share in the telling of the mother's work with an agency to find "a child to adopt, to love, and take care of forever"; her trip across the sea to meet the birth mother, who "wanted the best for you, but she couldn't take care of you"; and bringing her daughter home. Although there is no father, there is a grandfather to bond with and an African-American best friend. Life is good and everyone is happy, especially the little girl, who clearly adores her mother. The story is somewhat didactic and the smiling characters of different ethnicities and ages are too obvious and ever present. Still, it is well told and has charm. The illustrations are especially engaging with brightly colored, patchwork scenes framed in various muted tones. Every inch of space is alive with cheerful colors depicting birds, flowers, cozy rooms, and smiling faces. The book is best for sharing one-on-one or for use with small groups in a themed lesson.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl tells the story of her adoption as her mom has told it to her. It is obviously told often, as the little girl recounts it like a well-loved bedtime story, "Before you were born, I lived alone in this house." She continues, telling her mom's part and her own. Her mother had work and friends, but she longed for a child. The adoption agency sent her "across the ocean and over the mountains" to find her little girl. The child's birth mother couldn't keep her baby but wanted her child to have a family to love and to care for her. The child narrator says she sometimes wishes "we had a dad in our family" but rejoices in her grandpa and in her friend Nicky's dad. Using a profusion of pattern and exuberant color reminiscent of Eastern European textiles or pottery, each full page of illustration faces a page of text. Small headpieces that echo the opposite image adorn each text page. An interesting companion to I Love You Like Crazy Cakes (2000), which is narrated by the mom about a child adopted from China and better told in Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1996). Practical, if not special. (Picture book. 4-9)

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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Product dimensions:
8.16(w) x 10.42(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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