To Sing Frogs [NOOK Book]

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Some children in Russian orphanages will be forever changed by an adoption—and some will be left behind. To Sing Frogs, a memoir authored by John M. Simmons, tells the deeply personal tale of the Simmons family and their quest to adopt five children from rural Russia. Readers venture deep into Russia to explore the world of international adoption and catch a glimpse of the Simmons family’s journey towards trust and acceptance, despite unexplainable circumstances.
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To Sing Frogs

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Overview

Some children in Russian orphanages will be forever changed by an adoption—and some will be left behind. To Sing Frogs, a memoir authored by John M. Simmons, tells the deeply personal tale of the Simmons family and their quest to adopt five children from rural Russia. Readers venture deep into Russia to explore the world of international adoption and catch a glimpse of the Simmons family’s journey towards trust and acceptance, despite unexplainable circumstances.
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Editorial Reviews

Adoption Today - Richard Fischer
“To Sing Frogs is a compelling and vibrant must read for anyone considering intercountry adoption. Simmons writes with clarity and compassion for his love of family and for the children left behind.”
“Enlightening, entertaining and a heart-filled primer on how love empowers and ultimately conquers all to bring children and family together forever.”
BookPleasures.com - Carolyn Warren
“…this is so much more than an adoption story. It is also an exploration of things that don’t make sense. It’s written with insight, intelligence, cynicism, and a big heart of compassion as he asks the tough questions.”
“It’s all very fascinating and makes for one of the most provocative memoirs I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016767154
  • Publisher: White Knight Printing & Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,173,585
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John M. Simmons is the author of The Marvelous Journey Home, 2008 winner of the Utah Best of State Awards- Fiction category. Based on actual events, the novel tells the remarkable story of parents and children coming together. With scenes situated from orphanages in small, remote Russian villages, to Moscow, and finally on to America, readers are taken on a journey around the world. Home is found in distant places, peace is found in unlikely circumstances, and family is always what matters most.

Simmons' second title, To Sing Frogs, is now available in bookstores and online at JohnMSimmons.com.

John and his wife have adopted both domestically and internationally, with five adopted children from Russia. He has a personal understanding of how the politics of Russian adoption affect those in the process of adopting children, and the impact to the children themselves.

Simmons recently resigned as the President/CEO of White Knight Fluid Handling, Inc., a business which he started, to spend his time focusing on adoption awareness and the charity, Ele Lembra (He Remembers), which he and his family founded. Ele Lembra is a 501(c)(3) public charity that assists children without parents as they age out of orphanages.

He lives with his wife, Amy and their children in Kamas, Utah, a small mountain valley east of Park City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    A truly 'must read'. I laughed, I cried and went through a hundr

    A truly 'must read'. I laughed, I cried and went through a hundred emotions, I could not put the book down. I found it heart wrenching but honest and so well told. This is one book i wouold recommend to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    thought pervoking, heart felt and enjoyable read. so glad I did.

    thought pervoking, heart felt and enjoyable read. so glad I did.  I give it 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    A SAD BUT TRUE STORY OF A MAN AND HIS WIFE WHO DO EVERYTHING HUM

    A SAD BUT TRUE STORY OF A MAN AND HIS WIFE WHO DO EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO ADOPT  RUSSIAN SISTER'S FROM AN ORPHANAGE EVEN WHEN THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST THEM THEY NEVER GIVE UP the book truly excels in its depictions of other people, including young Celeste, who's coddled and assertive; Celeste's older sister, Sarah, who suffers from behavioral problems and survivor's guilt; and a Boy Scout-esque consular official at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE TO SEE JUST HOW STRONG MINDED A FAMILY IS TO ADOPT GIRLS INTO THEIR FAMILY OF ALL BOYS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    A must read book. Refreshingly honest and heartfelt!

    A must read book. Refreshingly honest and heartfelt!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    I edited this book for John, and found it a wonderful read. It

    I edited this book for John, and found it a wonderful read. It is a great story of adoption, but also is a story of growth for a dad who truly loves all his children. Buy it and read it. It will be a treat. As the parent of an international adoption, I appreciated the detail of that process, but especially loved the growth in a dad who discovered the some "miracles" can't be explained but only loved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    As I read To Sing Frogs it took me back to the struggles, the up

    As I read To Sing Frogs it took me back to the struggles, the up and the downs, but most of all it took me back to the orphanages where all those beautiful children lived. A person can never come away from seeing those children all wanting parents and families without being forever changed. John has such a way of writing that brought more vividly to my memory each detail, longing, joy and heartbreak of that incredible ongoing experience. I too have been to those orphanages and come away loving each individual child and wishing I could give each a home. This book helps us see the changes which came into John’s heart and the understanding that no one is ever forgotten by someone much greater than ourselves, that we are just the instruments to make it happen and fortunate enough to be used in such a sweet way. In the end we come away having received the most. I love reading and rereading the book not just because of John’s experiences, but because I like the candor, humor and honesty with which it is written. In the end I love how I feel when I read To Sing Frogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    John Simmons has perfectly captured this wonderful adventure. I

    John Simmons has perfectly captured this wonderful adventure. I was forturnate to be able to share this adventure with John and Amy. John told the strory as it really happened. Reading "To Sing Frogs" was like living this story over again and loving every minute of it.
    I hope everyone that reads "To Sing Frogs" loves reading it as much as I loved living it with John and Amy. I feel very honored to have my picture along with Katya on the cover of this book.
    Bill Jenson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    John's storytelling is frank, funny and fast-paced. Yes, he tell

    John's storytelling is frank, funny and fast-paced. Yes, he tells a long and sometimes gut-wrenching story but that story is also uplifting and highly entertaining. John's tale of a twisted world of foster care, adoption and Soviet-style bureaucracy will keep you reading late into the night. You may go through the wringer while reading, but you won't be disappointed with the outcome.

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    Posted June 19, 2013

     

     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    I couldn't stop reading this book.  The author does a great job

    I couldn't stop reading this book.  The author does a great job of telling the story of how his family adopted Russian orphans. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

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    John and his wife Amy decided to adopt two girls from Russia to

    John and his wife Amy decided to adopt two girls from Russia to add to their family of boys. Their journey before, during, and after the adoption is told in this realistic look at foreign adoption. The author doesn't sugar coat anything. He deals with emotions, hardships, blessings, and miracles. The two little girls that they initially decided to add to their home soon grew to more as they witnessed first hand the need in the orphanages.

    It's a true look at the reality of adopting outside your comfort zone. But I felt the author did a great job of showcasing the blessings as well as the difficulties. The style of writing is very clear and concise, but still has an infusion of heart and soul. While the book was probably written primarily to encourage adoption, it can definitely be read by the causal reader. I enjoyed reading this book and feel the author will be very successful in promoting adoption using this method.

    I received this book free of charge from SS/PR in exchange for my honest review.

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