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Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature
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Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

by Ruth Lyn Meese
 

From Norton Hatches the Egg to Harry Potter, children's literature is filled with books that may resonate particularly strongly with students who are adopted or in foster care. These books-many of them award winners-range from fanciful to realistic, yet just because an adoption-themed book is of high quality doesn't necessarily mean it is right for every student or

Overview

From Norton Hatches the Egg to Harry Potter, children's literature is filled with books that may resonate particularly strongly with students who are adopted or in foster care. These books-many of them award winners-range from fanciful to realistic, yet just because an adoption-themed book is of high quality doesn't necessarily mean it is right for every student or every classroom situation.

Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature:

Includes over 100 reviews of works of children's literature having themes related to adoption and foster care, grouped by grade levels K-2, 3-5,. and 6-8 and including suggestions and comments for each

Offers an overview with historic and contemporary perspectives on the issue of adoption

Provides bibliographic listings of supporting works related to adoption and foster care as a literary theme and a classroom issue

Presents an appendix listing additional works of children's literature on adoption and foster care grouped by grade level

Family Matters is not just a digest of titles. It is an expert resource for addressing adoption and foster care in the classroom, both as a literary subject and as a personal issue with students.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Meese (special education, Longwood U.) reviews 115 children's books that feature themes related to adoption and foster care, which are organized by grade level and summarized, with suggestions and themes. She provides guidelines for evaluating books included and not included on award-winning book lists, developmental issues related to adoption and foster care, and suggestions for positive language, discussion, and sensitive assignments." - Reference & Research Book News

"This may be the first library resource of its kind in two decades, perhaps ever. Although many children's literature bibliographies exist that regularly include the subject of adoption, this handy paperback is dedicated to the topic. . . . This reference work is an informative goldmine for librarians, parents, and teachers seeking appropriate reading opportunities for their special audiences." - ARBA

"Charts, Venn diagrams, and extensive annotations supplement the annotated list of books for children in kindergarten through grade eight. Meese explains her rationale for choosing these books to that readers have the tools to evaluate other selections." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Meese's goal is to help adults, particularly educators, select high-quality children's books about adoption and foster care and to raise awareness about the unique issues that adoptees often face. The author's most pointed words are reserved for educators, exhorting them to employ sensitive assignments and literature. For example, she suggests replacing "natural" when discussing an adoptee's family with "biological." The wording for assignments on family trees and autobiographies should be modified for children who do not have baby photos, or who have complicated family backgrounds. Charts, Venn diagrams, and extensive annotations supplement the annotated list of books for children in kindergarten through grade eight. Meese explains her rationale for choosing these books so that readers have the tools to evaluate other selections.—Deborah Vose, East Middle School and South Middle School, Braintree, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591587828
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
147
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Lyn Meese, PhD, is professor of special education at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

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