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You Were Always in My Heart: A Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story
     

You Were Always in My Heart: A Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story

by Mary Beth Chapman
 

A sweet and adorable story about the blessings of adoption.

You Were Always in My Heart is an endearing tale told from the point of view of a little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot goes with the little bundle as she is carried to the place “where babies come to be found” and promises to stay with the

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A sweet and adorable story about the blessings of adoption.

You Were Always in My Heart is an endearing tale told from the point of view of a little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot goes with the little bundle as she is carried to the place “where babies come to be found” and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journeys toward finding a forever family.

Written by Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, this heartwarming tale is inspired by the true story of their adoption of three little girls from China and is a story of hope and faith for all families who have been blessed by a “little bundle of love.”

Previously published as Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle.

Meets national education standards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A letter to families prefacing the story explains the authors’ inspiration: “Adoption is a perfect picture of what God has done for each of us.” The Chapmans’ third Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story, written in four-line rhymed stanzas from the perspective of a ladybug named Dot, tells of Dot’s discovery and immediate attachment to a wiggling bundle in a basket and subsequent journey with the “creature.” Arriving in a room filled with “dozens of almond-shaped eyes,” Dot investigates, then tells her friend, “We are where mommies and daddies come looking/ to find special babies like you!” As the story progresses, geometric patterns on baskets, quilts, curtains, and cribs give way to rounder, softer lines in Jim Chapman’s illustrations, painted in hues of green, gold, and blue. Dot, adorned with antenna barrettes, different shoes for each foot, and a hat, makes a visually entertaining companion whose promise of lifelong devotion foreshadows the adoptive parents’ commitment. Despite occasionally awkward rhythms (“Cause if you know anything about ladybugs,/ You know they always keep their word”), the story is emotionally stirring. Ages 4–7. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400322763
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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You Were Always in My Heart

A Shaoey & Dot Adoption Story


By Mary Beth Chapman, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jim Chapman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2276-3


CHAPTER 1

The day started out just like all days before, With the sun peeking over the trees. Dot let out a yawn as she stretched out her wings And went out for a ride on the breeze.

She stopped on a leaf for a quick bite of breakfast And sipped on a sweet drop of dew, When off in the distance she heard a strange sound That was different from any she knew.

Now being the curious bug that she was, She had to go investigate, So she followed the sound right down to the ground, Where a bundle of rags had been placed.

Dot landed softly on top of the bundle. Then all of a sudden it wiggled! She started to fly; then she peeked down inside And saw something that caused her to giggle!

She carefully climbed her way down to a spot Right between two almond-shaped eyes. "How cute is this?!" she said to herself. "What a fabulous little surprise!"

Dot was so taken with this little creature That she never heard footsteps approaching. Suddenly she was scooped up with the bundle, Who was now causing quite a commotion.

The next thing she knew, they were bumping along In an old wooden basket on wheels. Dot was afraid so she hid in a wrinkle And did all she could not to squeal!

When they finally stopped moving, Dot slowly crawled out To try to make an escape. She started to fly; then the little thing cried, As if saying, "Please don't go away!"


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Steven Curtis Chapman is one of America's best-known, most awarded contemporary Christian performing artists. Having sold 6 million records and with 34 number-one singles to his credit, he is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, 44 Dove Awards, and an array of songwriting honors. He has appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN's Showbiz Today, and many other television shows. For many years he has worked closely with Chuck Colson to support Prison Fellowship Ministries. www.scchapman.com

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