"Tell me an adoption story," pleads a little girl at bedtime. But the make-believe yarn (about a king and a queen who discover a baby under an orange tree) that her mother tells leaves the little girl so full of scary, unanswered questions (she envisions a baby dropping like a missile from the sky) that she dives under the bed. What the child wants is the "real" story--her own--not fairy tales, and only when her mother tells the truth (about the search, about meeting the woman in whose "tummy" the little girl grew, and about arriving at her new home) does the child come out of hiding. Not the usual bibliotherapeutic picture-book story, this has been written as a dialogue. The child's words, set in italics, voice common questions asked by young adoptees, while the mother demonstrates how to be honest without overwhelming a child with information. Parents and children can use the book as a model for working out their own discussion, with the story having special significance for grown-ups who believe openness is the best policy for all concerned. Lifton, an adoptee herself and author of many books on the subject, has an obvious agenda, but she manages it differently and well.