Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Taleby Karen Henry Clark, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
A turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda, and some fish shepherd the baby as she floats in a basket on a moonlit, winding river into the loving
This is the story of one baby’s journey from her birth parents in China, who dream of a better life for their daughter, to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world, who dream of the life they can give her.
A turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda, and some fish shepherd the baby as she floats in a basket on a moonlit, winding river into the loving arms of her new parents.
Perfect for bedtime reading, Karen Henry Clark’s poetic text, reminiscent of a lullaby, and Patrice Barton’s textured and gentle-hued illustrations capture the great love between parents and children and the miraculous journey of adoption.
This dreamlike tale is, above all else, a love story. A baby girl is born in China, and her parents, too poor to care for her, place her in a basket in the river and trust her to the care of the moon. The basket is helped along its journey by many creatures, while the baby tucked inside sleeps on (in many different positions, all adorable). Meanwhile, a presumably American couple dreams of a daughter, preparing for her arrival until one night they feel called to begin their own fantastical journey. They find the baby in the river and carry her home with them. Although this is an idealistic, romantic adoption tale, a bit of realism surfaces with both sets of parents described as "happy and sad at the same time." Aside from some troublesome gender stereotypes—while the fathers worry about the girl having enough to eat and books to read, the mothers are most concerned that she have "pretty things"—this lyrical story of destiny and love, as interpreted in Barton's playful, textured illustrations, is a triumph. (Picture book. 5-8)
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
KAREN HENRY CLARK wrote her first story when she was four years old by dictating the tale of a runaway popcorn ball to her father. From that moment on, she wanted to become an author. It took longer than she anticipated, as do most things in life. Sweet Moon Baby is her first book. She lives with her husband and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she loves to watch the moon rise over the Mississippi, a wide and wonderful river like the one in this book.
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The main reason I bought the book was because of the illustrator Patrice Barton. She's one of my favs. Her artwork here is flawless and beautiful. The story is very sweet also. But the artwork is what really sold me on this one.