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by John McCutcheon, Julie Paschkis
     
 

Noted folksinger John McCutcheon has written a joyful song commemorating the wonderful day when a child joins an adoptive family. Read or sung, the excitement and love of new parents rings through in these heartwarming verses that reassure adopted children that they are wanted, loved and very special. Complete with musical notation, this is the perfect gift for… See more details below

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Noted folksinger John McCutcheon has written a joyful song commemorating the wonderful day when a child joins an adoptive family. Read or sung, the excitement and love of new parents rings through in these heartwarming verses that reassure adopted children that they are wanted, loved and very special. Complete with musical notation, this is the perfect gift for adopted children and their families to share. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inspired by a friend's tradition, noted children's singer/songwriter McCutcheon created this original song for those who might like to mark a special anniversary in their family's life: adoption day. His thoughtful lyrics (the score is included, of course) emphasize the joy and wonder of the event: "Out of a world so tattered and torn,/ You came to our house on that wonderful morn/ And all of a sudden this family was born" and there's a rousing chorus just right for a festive party. In a move sure to accommodate many adoptive families, Paschkis (So Sleepy/Wide Awake) pictures the parents as white and the baby as Asian. Her gouache illustrations have a strong hint of traditional Scandinavian folk art, updated by bold color combinations, and they lend themselves particularly well to the multiethnic cast of friends and family with which she peoples each page. For a pleasingly themed read-aloud or gift, pair this volume with Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell's equally merry Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A cheerful, happy book that celebrates the day a child was adopted; the scenes show the parents preparing the baby's room and their long trip to bring their new baby home. From then on, it's an annual celebration of the big day. A multicultural collection of friends and family fill the pages including the adopted child who looks a bit Asian. A copy of the song, "Happy Adoption Day!" with music is printed at the end of the story.
The use of folk art and a musical score make this book a joyful folk song to read. The poem celebrates the creation of a family through the adoption of a child from China. Young children will enjoy the rhythm and illustrations, while older children and parents will appreciate the deeper message of the book. 2001, Little, Brown and Company, $5.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: S. Latson SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
PreS-K: McCutcheon's song, written from the point of view of adoptive parents, is joyous and reassuring -- "Whatever you learn, whoever you know,/You've still got a home in our hearts." Paschkis's folklike gouache paintings are attractive and well designed to incorporate the text. However, they illustrate more than the annual celebration. They show scenes of the (Caucasian) adoptive parents making preparations for the baby's arrival, the adoptive parents in an airplane, the (Asian) baby in its new cradle, and the growth of the child. In every scene, everyone is smiling. The song mentions mixed-race and single-parent families: "No matter the skin, we are all of us kin." But another line in that verse sends a confusing message: "No matter how you came to be." That line, from the parents' point of view, is a message of acceptance, but a child may understand it as "It shouldn't matter to you how you came to be." The book reinforces the second interpretation by not picturing the baby before its appearance in the adoptive home, as though it had no history of its own. The relinquishment that precedes adoption does matter to the adoptee but is often hard for adoptive parents to talk about. This book does not help them to do so.
Kirkus Reviews
McCutcheon pens a happy, easily sung song for the day a long-awaited child joins an adoptive family and "a family was born," including musical notation so everybody can sing along. Paschkis's bright illustrations borrow from folk art to lend vibrancy to the celebratory mood of a book that clearly, straightforwardly, and lovingly answers a need for families built by adoption.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316648493
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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