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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316016681
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
79,506
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Education:
High school diploma
Website:
http://www.toddparr.com

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We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Although WE BELONG TOGETHER is geared towards adoptive parents and their children, any family can benefit from reading the book, especially if done so together. Although I've read some negative reviews about the book, statements made that it gives the wrong message to adopted children, I don't think that's the case at all.

Both of my children have, at one time or another, asked why they were our kids and not someone elses. How is it that we became their parents, and not the parents of some other children? For younger children, who don't know all of the details of how becoming a parent works, this is a valid question.

My answer has always been the same as the one Todd Parr provides within the pages of the bright, bold, beautifully illustrated WE BELONG TOGETHER: because you needed love, and I had a lot to give.

This book, although it doesn't mention birth parents, makes the act of adoption a two-way street: both child and parent need something (love, learning, shelter, fun & laughter), and both have things to give in return (a hug & a kiss, knowledge, safety).

I think that this is a great book for adopted families, especially when read together. But all families will enjoy it, and the positive message of love and acceptance that it gives.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Especially meaningful as we observe National Adoption Month, Todd Brown's bright, colorful book relates in language easy enough for the smallest child to understand what it means to become a family. He extends this warm text from children to include pets in need of a home, offering reasons why 'we belong together.' While the reasons are elementary, they are also extremely powerful. Such as, 'We belong together because you needed someone to help you grow healthy and strong, and I had help to give.' Or, 'We belong together because you needed someone to read to you and we had stories to share.' Share is often the operative word as once someone has become a part of a family then there are laughs to share, places to visit together, and most importantly love to share. Adopted children will feel very special after hearing and seeing Todd Brown's views on making a family. - Gail Cooke
reginamay More than 1 year ago
My oldest is adopted and my youngest picked this out for her. Ty for having auch kind words .
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