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This book shares its name with a London-based organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding of Chinese life and culture among adoptive families in the West. The text, credited to an anonymous adoptive mother, takes the form of a series of heartfelt, parallel musings about two women "who never knew each other" but who are central to a sprightly Chinese girl. "The first one gave you life; the second taught you to live it.... One found a home for you that she could not provide, the other prayed for a child; her hope was not denied." Masse (Goodnight, Sweet Pig) echoes this dreamy lyricism with gently surreal illustrations rendered in a texture like shot silk. Her treatment of the birth mother merits particular interest: on some spreads, she portrays the woman relatively realistically, carrying water in her village or gazing down at her pregnant belly. But in other spreads, the mother is transformed into a benevolent spirit; readers will notice her Asian features in the moon that shines down on the adoptive mother and child, and even in the mountain that the pair traverse during a hike or in a dramatic sky. It's a risky artistic choice, but Masse pulls it off in an understated way that offers comfort and encouragement to parents and children. A portion of the proceeds benefits Mother Bridge of Love. Ages 4-10. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Handsome paintings and lyrical prose elevate this story above the "another adoption story" status. Written anonymously by a mother celebrating the arrival of her child from China, it sings with warmth and joy: "Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not know, the other you call mother." With soft green and blue hues accented with yellow and vibrant red, and flowing lines with gentle swirls, the two mothers are compared. One gave life, the other taught how to live it; one gave the child a body, the other taught the child how to play games; one saw the first smile, and the other dried her tears. There is a graceful juxtaposition of the two mothers, with one tenderly caressing her swollen belly merging with the other holding her child. While some images of the mothers are separate, many are seamlessly blended. Cherry blossoms, tree branches that twist into heart shapes, and the cover art of two hands forming a heart frame are additional touches of tenderness. With the number of children from China being welcomed into American homes, this beautiful book is not only useful but a valuable keepsake and gift for adoptive mothers. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
This brief verse offers alternating snapshots of qualities and nurturing bestowed, and hopes shared, by a birth mother and her adopted child's mother, "who never knew each other," but are pivotal in the life of a lithe and lively Chinese girl. "One became your guiding star; the other became your sun" accompanies an illustration of the child swinging on a star toward her adoptive mother. In another picture, the Chinese mother is depicted blowing bubbles in which her daughter is shown enjoying life-playing with a hula hoop, riding a scooter, and sharing a book with her adoptive mother. Elsewhere the two women are featured with their forms blending together, one contemplating her pregnant body with a smile, the other lovingly embracing her daughter. Masse's soothing paintings, predominantly in blues and greens, are exceptional, and infuse this lyrical poem with a sweet tenderness. While it is particularly relevant to adoptive children from China and their families, the story has resonance for anyone involved in an adoption. The Chinese version of the text is provided, as are source notes about the mission of the charity Mothers' Bridge of Love. Debbie Blackington's Mama's Wish/Daughter's Wish (Pebbleton, 2004) has a similar theme but a longer text, and does not include the birth mother's viewpoint. This would be a wonderful addition to most libraries, and is an essential purchase for those with a demand for adoption titles.
—Deborah VoseCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846860478
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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