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Sam's Sister

Sam's Sister

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by Juliet C. Bond, Dawn W. Majewski (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Rosa's mother explains to her that she is pregnant with a child for whom she can't provide. Instead, she knows of a couple who will "help us take care of the baby." When the infant is born, Rosa and her mom get to pick Sam's middle name-Querido, which means "wanted" in Spanish. After the adoptive parents take the newborn home from the hospital, they stay in touch with his birth family, who eventually visit the baby. Rosa misses him, but she knows that, "Sam is where he should be. And even though he doesn't live with Mommy and me, we will always be part of his family." The text is straightforward and sensitively written. The focus remains on Sam's mother and sister, a valuable point of view. However, despite its attempt at directness and the respect it pays to this Latino family, the story feels circumspect. For instance, the word adoption is never used. While the close relationship Rosa and her mom continue to have with Sam and his new parents seems ideal, children may be confused about its exact nature. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are static though serviceable. Because this book does not provide background information on the complexities of adoption or advice on reference materials that could further aid readers, its usefulness is limited.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Perspectives Press, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are Saying About This

Cheryl Bauman
Sam's Sister fills a huge gap in adoption literature. Consistently, 60 per cent of the girls and women who make adoption plans with our agency are already parenting older children. This book will be a tremendous blessing to women who long to find a way to help their children understand that (adoption) is about loving a baby SO much, that they are willing to live separately from him/her. Portrayal of the benefits of a truly open adoption is evident throughout. I will be giving this book to each birth mom who is already parenting.
Director, Crisis Pregnancy Outreach, Tulsa, OK
Judy Stigger
A wonderful book for birthparents struggling to explain to their other children the adoption plan for an expected or new baby. For professionals serving increasing numbers of birth parents with other children, Sam's Sister is a sparkling new resource. For adoptive parents, this is a compassion glimpse inside the experience of a birth parent. I recommend this clearly written and beautifully illustrated book to all members of the adoption circle. Blessings on our children.
LCSW, Adoption counselor and educator
Bruce Rappaport
Sam’s Sister is unique. The story assumes a fully open, not closed, adoption. Most children’s adoption books are aimed at adopted children but this is a story written for a birthmother’s child, for the child who is not adopted and remains in the family. While this is a book written for those particular children, many adults readers -- birthparents and adoptive parents alike — may find insight and comfort from the story. The adoption that is described in the book is clearly an open one but, as in many good children’s books, the importance of openness in adoption is never stated explicitly but emerges from the story itself… What a wonderful gift for adoptive parents to give to a birthmother with children or, for that matter, any birthmother.
PhD, Executive Director, Independent Adoption Center, California
Beth Hall
Finally a book that acknowledges birth siblings to adopted children. Even if your child doesn't know their birth family, this story delivers a terrifically positive message about the way adopted children are valued by BOTH of their families. Great job!
Executive Director, Pact: An Adoption Alliance, Co-author, Inside Transracial Adoption
Leah C. O'Leary
Sam’s Sister has filled an important need in the field. I am delighted that the author has stepped up to the plate to take on one of the most sensitive - and difficult - discussions occurring in the adoption field all the time. I have consulted with other experienced colleagues and looked to the literature for help on how to assist birth mothers with talking to their children on this topic - there has been nothing out there - finally, we have a tool to work with.
LICSW, Executive Director, A Red Thread Adoption Services, Inc.

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Sam's Sister 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent tale for families on both sides of the adoption fence. Sam's Sister shows an endearing and insightful little girl's viewpoint and questions she has, about her younger sibling who will be adopted to another family. This is a side of adoption rarely seen in children's literature, and has been written in a very tender manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all expecting birthparents making an adoption plan with an older child at home. Ms. Bond cleverly embraces the tough choice of adoption and translates this for a child's understanding. The illustrations are realistic and appropriate for the tone of the story.