We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families

We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families

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by Todd Parr
     
 

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In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family. It's about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together.
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In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family. It's about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Having done a book about mommys, daddys, and grandparents of each gender, Todd Parr addresses families that have chosen each other through adoption. The text is very simple and affirmative about how the parents wanted to share all the love and resources they could offer to the child reading the book. The illustrations are done in a schematic style, reminiscent of a child's drawing. The colors are extremely vibrant and the blue, yellow, green, and purple faces make it clear that adoptions are color-blind. The text is highly patterned. Most spreads begin "We belong together because…" and then identify a child's need and the adoptive family's ability to meet that need. Thus one of the last spreads says, "You needed someone to say ‘I love you' and we had love to give." While it might be included in a classroom collection, this book is best suited to being used by parents with a quite young adopted child; ideally, any given page would open up discussion about what brought the individual family together; however, some of these discussions might go well beyond the determined positive tone of the book. For example, it is not easy to explain to a child why the birth mother was not able to answer the need for love.
Kirkus Reviews
Parr, the Dr. Feelgood of children's books and television, brings his optimistic, sunny attitude to this latest offering. Each page, suffused with brilliant colors, reassures the adoptee, in various ways, that he or she was wanted and needed. "We belong together because . . . you needed a home and I had one to share." Single mothers and fathers, couples of all sorts and people of all colors, from yellow to purple to blue, all joyfully welcome their new children into their families. On one spread, where there are pictures of places to discover together, iconic illustrations of China and Russia, will surely be familiar to many international adoptees. Parr's familiar style, brilliant colors, outlined with bold black lines, draws children in, and the repeated, expected text make this a perfect book for very young children and new readers. There is no back story here, no explanation of why children might be available for adoption, only the joyful welcome arms of diverse people who have something to offer the child who needs a home. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316016681
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
62,946
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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