I'm Adopted!


Children may have many questions about adoption. In a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of Shades of People demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

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Children may have many questions about adoption. In a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of Shades of People demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Large, casual photographs of contemporary children, sometimes alone but mostly with their adoptive families, dominate this clear and reassuring introduction to the topic of adoption. Rotner and Kelly, who previously collaborated on Shades of People (2009), use minimal, pared-down text to describe common adoption scenarios ("When people are unable to make a baby, or choose not to, they can adopt one") and address situations that might have led to a child being put up for adoption, such as when parents are unable to care for a child due to youth, poverty, illness, or war. Both the prose and the photographs, which show ethnically diverse families (as well as same-sex parents), create a solid sense of community, emphasizing to readers that many children are adopted and, more importantly, that "children are happy in their families, no matter where they were born... when they know they are cared for and loved." For parents and adoptive children just beginning to have conversations about how they came to be a family, it's a good starting point. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Rotner's experience as a photojournalist is evident in her excellent compositions and vibrant images of children playing, laughing, and smiling with their new adoptive families. The simple text explains why adoptions take place and addresses the questions that adoptees often ask, such as why their birth mothers could not keep them. The language is nonjudgmental and empathetic. The book's opening statement, "Children can bring joy to a family," sets an upbeat tone that continues throughout. The authors acknowledge that every adoption is unique, and that they chose "to depict the most common adoption stories" in this book. It tries to help adopted children understand what adoption is and see that "lots of children are adopted." It also offers an excellent introduction to this topic for all young children. Todd Parr's We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families (Little, Brown, 2007) is aimed at toddlers, while Motherbridge of Love (Barefoot, 2007) and Steven L. Layne's Over Land and Sea: A Story of International Adoption (Pelican, 2005) are lovely and lyrical, but not informational. I'm Adopted! is a good purchase for most libraries, and especially for those where there is strong demand for books on the subject.—Deborah Vose, East Middle School and South Middle School, Braintree, MA
Children's Literature - Jody Little
The simple, elegant message that children are happiest when they know they are loved and cared for comes through loud and clear in this beautifully photographed picture book of children and parents of all ages and race. Author Rotner uses few words to share basic information about why parents may want to adopt, how some children may be adopted from other countries, why birth mothers may choose to give up their babies, and how all adopted families look quite different but all share love for one another. A book meant to be read together, children will delight in finding a face that may be similar to theirs and parents will smile at the warmth and the contentment in the lovingly photographed faces. As the author states at the end of the book, young listeners will certainly ask their parents about the special day in which they came home to their adopted family. Reviewer: Jody Little
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422944
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 389,014
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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