Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story

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Young Elizabeth feels a range of emotions as she learns that she has two mommies: one in China and one in America. Her adoptive mother explains that although her Chinese mother loved Elizabeth and wanted to keep her, she couldn't because of China's laws.

Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.

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Young Elizabeth feels a range of emotions as she learns that she has two mommies: one in China and one in America. Her adoptive mother explains that although her Chinese mother loved Elizabeth and wanted to keep her, she couldn't because of China's laws.

Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This adoption story is told by Elizabeth, a little girl born in China and adopted by American parents. When she is old enough to learn that not all babies come from China, her mother explains gently that she and her adopted sister have two mommies, one far and one near. So very much information for a little girl to process. The author does a superb job with difficult subject matter, such as when she deals with abandonment and the Chinese birth control policy. The poignancy of this book is felt on every page. There are two features that are particularly notable. The first is that Elizabeth explains the adoption story as she understands it to her younger sister, Katherine, so that child is talking to child. The second is a two-page spread showing that adoption is to forever--that it is an everlasting bond stretching from childhood to adulthood, with significant milestones depicted. The book is beautifully written, with soft illustrations. 2000, Albert Whitman, Ages 5 to 9, $14.95. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
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K-Gr 4-With sensitivity and honesty, this book explores the feelings and questions a young Chinese girl has about having been adopted into an American family. She learns why her birth mother had to give her up and why her parents chose to adopt her and her younger sister. She plays games to help her adjust such as pretending to have a phone conversation with her "China mommy" about her current life. Elizabeth's healthy exploration of what it means to be adopted evolves naturally over time. The text and illustrations are printed on brown speckled paper. Confident brush strokes create fluid family scenes and thoughtful facial expressions. The illustrations make Elizabeth's intermittent vulnerability even more obvious.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807552346
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Concept Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 826,653
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    From a Mommy Near

    As the adoptive parent of a little girl from Asia, I have only one problem with this book I can't read it to my daughter without getting completely choked up! The author did an amazing job capturing the amazing experience, confusion, and tremendous love present in an adoptive family. I strongly suggest this book for adoptive families, families considering adoption, and any parents who would like to explain adoption to their children.

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