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School Library Journal
Pre-Gr 2-A picture book that's a well-intentioned muddle. A young girl begs for an adoption story-not the fairy-tale variety that her mother first tells her about a fisherman and his wife who find a baby on the riverbank or the tale of a king and queen who want the one thing they do not have-but a REAL story about her own beginnings. The unexplicably reluctant woman relates the background and events leading up to the child's open adoption; however, agency personnel, lawyers, etc. are nowhere to be seen. The adoptive parents go to the hospital where the sad biological mother places the newborn in their arms. Once home, they send her ``other mommy'' some pictures of them all together. ``Where is my other mommy now?'' the girl asks. ``I'm not sure,'' the adoptive mom replies, but acknowledges that maybe someday they can arrange for the woman to see the youngster's drawings. Honest communication? In open adoptions, a birth mother is likely to leave two tokens to a child-a photograph and a letter of some kind. But not here. There is little joy in the sober-faced characters. The author has failed to find a way of embodying her reassuring vision into fiction in an understandable way.- Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
Stephanie Zvirin
"Tell me an adoption story," pleads a little girl at bedtime. But the make-believe yarn (about a king and a queen who discover a baby under an orange tree) that her mother tells leaves the little girl so full of scary, unanswered questions (she envisions a baby dropping like a missile from the sky) that she dives under the bed. What the child wants is the "real" story--her own--not fairy tales, and only when her mother tells the truth (about the search, about meeting the woman in whose "tummy" the little girl grew, and about arriving at her new home) does the child come out of hiding. Not the usual bibliotherapeutic picture-book story, this has been written as a dialogue. The child's words, set in italics, voice common questions asked by young adoptees, while the mother demonstrates how to be honest without overwhelming a child with information. Parents and children can use the book as a model for working out their own discussion, with the story having special significance for grown-ups who believe openness is the best policy for all concerned. Lifton, an adoptee herself and author of many books on the subject, has an obvious agenda, but she manages it differently and well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679906292
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    Very Cute!

    This is a cute story about an adopted girl who wants to hear a REAL adoption story. Read the book to find all the fabulous adoption tales her mother tells her.

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