Made in China

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Made In China touches on two seemingly unrelated subjects - adoption and sibling relations. As told in this story. These are intertwined and very important to one young child who literally was ""made in China."" The story begins when the child is told by her older sister, in a teasing manner, that she is adopted from China, and ""marked"" just like the broom and their toys. Upset, she goes to her father who tells her the story of how she came to be their child but ""you're not made like a toy, you were made in ...
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Overview


Made In China touches on two seemingly unrelated subjects - adoption and sibling relations. As told in this story. These are intertwined and very important to one young child who literally was ""made in China."" The story begins when the child is told by her older sister, in a teasing manner, that she is adopted from China, and ""marked"" just like the broom and their toys. Upset, she goes to her father who tells her the story of how she came to be their child but ""you're not made like a toy, you were made in China to give us joy."" And, he also reminds her that ""you are much more than what people say about you."" The story is resolved with her older sister and she is reassured that ""In all the wide world we couldn't love you more.""
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Oelschlager presents a story that veers from the traditional stories about adoption. The rhyming text features a Chinese girl asking her older, blond sister to read the label on a broom she's using. Her sister reads, "made in China," then jeers at her sibling-"'It's just like you'/my big sister said,/'You're Made in China./It's stamped right on your head.'" The child seeks out their father to deny the truth of her sister's put-down, and his reply is reassuring and poetic as he tells her how much she is loved. This title addresses many themes: sibling rivalry, multiracial families, and facing taunts about ethnicity-even from a family member. It is heartening to read the emphatic reassurance offered to a daughter who has been wounded and is worried about being different. Although the older sibling is not explicitly reprimanded in the text, the pictures imply that reconciliation takes place. Blackwood has employed a blend of linoleum cuts outlined in black and computer coloring techniques to craft stunning illustrations. Ethnic features are realistic and enhance the simple text, depicting the birth mother as well as the adoptive family. The endpapers feature more than a dozen photos of Chinese adoptees of various ages. This title will be of special interest to families of Chinese adoptees, but could also serve as a springboard for discussing racial slurs and insensitivity for a much wider audience.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980016239
  • Publisher: Vanita Books
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 800,598
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,

former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a

graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she

currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence

for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's

an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her

husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator whose other VanitaBooks include: My Grampy Can't Walk, Let Me Bee, Big Blue, Made In China and What Pet Will I Get?

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    I have never reviewed a child book before. I feel too old to rea

    I have never reviewed a child book before. I feel too old to read
    picture books, even though I’m still a teen. But “Made in China” touched
    my heart. I’m used to see stupid cartoons for kids and stupid books
    without any sense last days. They just mean to be colorful and… Aren’t
    we missing something? When I learnt how to read, this little 4 years old
    me could read only books about friendship, love, family… But then,
    adoption was kind of a taboo topic for kids. I see children book about
    this topic for the first time. And I can say that the author did a great
    job. Pictures are beautiful. I simply felt in love with them. Text is
    rhymed and simple to understand. It’s just perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

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    I found this book to be so helpful in talking about adoption. Storytelling is a wonderful way to approach difficult subjects. I want to thank Vanita Oelschlager for writing this book and helping so many families get through an emotional situation

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