Why Did you Choose Me?

Why Did you Choose Me?

by Katie Cruice Smith


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Most adoptive and foster children struggle at some point in their life with knowing who they are and where they belong. They want to ask questions, and parents need to be prepared with an answer that helps their child feel loved and secure.

After searching for adoption storybooks to read to her own adopted children, Katie Cruice Smith decided that there was a need for more books that parents could read at bedtime to connect with their adopted and fostered children.
In Why Did You Choose Me?, Katie Cruice Smith answers that question in a way that young children can understand. Drawing from her own experience as an adoptive mom to three children, Katie uses the questions her own children have asked to help them see there never really was a choice—she knew right away that they were hers.
With beautiful illustrations by artist Sarah Strickling Jones, Why Did You Choose Me? lovingly demonstrates the uniqueness that each child brings to a family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620206034
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2017
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Katie Cruice Smith is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor, and she resides in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband and three adopted children. Katie is an adoption and foster care advocate, and she and her husband are licensed foster parents and the founders of their church’s orphan ministry. She is currently working on a devotional book to accompany Why Did You Choose Me?

Sarah Strickling Jones enjoys working with oils, acrylics, ceramics, and printmaking. She creates her artwork and teaches students of all ages from her country home. She lives in Greer, South Carolina, with her husband Darren and four children: Trevor, Peyton, Blake, and Renea. Why Did You Choose Me? is Sarah Strickling Jones' first illustrated children's book in watercolor.

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Why Did you Choose Me? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KatsCorner More than 1 year ago
Hubs and I have parented, co-parented, Aunt/Uncled many foster/adoptive children through the years. It’s inevitable that these children whose worlds have been upended to wonder why me? And to wonder, why is this family taking me in? Adoptive and foster children frequently struggle with feelings of abandonment and rejection, and even once they’re in a forever home they wonder, why me and not some other kid? Sometimes they try to be perfect, worried if they mess up, they’ll be sent away. That’s why I really like this book. It’s very honest and deals with a deep emotional issue that these kids struggle with, but it does it in language they understand, phrased so it could have come out of their own heads. The illustrations are kid-friendly and easily recognizable situation for most kids. I received a complimentary copy but was not required to post a review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
I was blessed to grow up in a home where love and security were never in doubt, almost to the point of being taken for granted. Beautifully written and illustrated by Katie Cruice Smith and Sarah Strickling Jones, Why Did You Choose Me? caused me to reflect on what my growing up years could have been like had my situation been different. This book gives voice to a child’s insecurities and questions, and also the parent’s need to communicate feelings of unconditional love, security, and acceptance. Best of all, it opens the door leading to a pathway for that communication. I’m not familiar with children’s books, but I suspect there’s a void in this area and that Katie Cruice Smith will speak to many adoptive families with these words that God put on her heart, for questions will arise if they haven’t already. This story is easy to read, filled with heartwarming and cute illustrations that will capture a child’s imagination, yet contains a profound message. Why Did You Choose Me? would be an asset to any church library. It would also be a great gift for adoptive parents, those on the path to adoption, or even someone just thinking about it. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
WarrriorPrincess More than 1 year ago
As a staunch supporter of adoption, I was excited for the opportunity to review Katie Cruice Smith’s, Why Did You Choose Me? The book itself, however, left me with an unsatisfied feeling. I wanted more. Although not an adoptive parent or adoptee myself, I have witnessed first hand the depth and beauty of adoption and feel that Why Did you Choose Me failed to capture its intensity. In defense of Smith, the book is written for children, but nevertheless, I don’t feel even adoptive children reading the book will truly comprehend how uniquely special and impactful the gift of adoption is. Loved the idea, but the delivery could use some polish. ***The publisher provided a free book. However, all opinions included in this review are entirely my own.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
As someone married to an adopted person with adopted siblings still living at home, it's near and dear to my heart to hear of new stories coming out to speak comfort to little ones in foster and adoptive care. Even prior to my relationship with my husband, foster care and adoption has been very close to my heart. With the rising number of children in the system, stories like this are very much needed. Stories like this can have a great impact on little ones, and can help them share their thoughts and feelings in more positive ways. It shares that love isn't given because of the things a child does or doesn't do. The parent loves the child for who they are and they want to help them grow in life. I feel this is a great addition for any foster or adoptive family to have in their home. *I received a free copy of this book from the author through JustRead Publicity Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in a rhyming style, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ME, is an enjoyable book that I highly recommend for anyone who knows an adopted child.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Growing up my closest cousin (only cousin on my Mother's side) was adopted. I don't think it ever occurred to us to ask why or what that meant. It was just a thing that was. To be fair anytime the three of us (my sister, my cousin, and I) were in a tiff it was nothing for either side to retort 'I don't have to like you as you aren't my real cousin. This came from all of us and was soon forgotten as we moved onto other interests, mayhem, and tiffs. None of us ever took it seriously and we went on to be college roommates. My cousin went on to find her birth mother when we were adults. You know though, despite the never questioning or even caring that she was adopted, I never gave it much thought what the interactions she might have had outside our little circle. I just always remember how well our family handled it. There was never not knowing, it was never a secret, and it was never seen as anything less than what it was. . .family. I remember is college when she was cleaning at her mom's house and found documents from her short time in foster care while parental rights were being transferred. The fact that for a few short weeks she had a different name. I think that was the most I'd ever seen the idea of being adopted bother her. To be fair, I can't imagine ever being another name. And wondering what that person might have been compared to who I became. I tell you all of that to share why I felt it was so important for me to read and review this book. My life has been positively touched by adoption and I can't imagine my life without my cousin. While we may have grown apart as adults she is part of so many fond growing up memories. While we never found ourselves questioning anything about the idea that she was part of our family I know that many children will. I'm going to get really personal here and probably step on a lot of toes. I do not begin to understand families that keep that a child is adopted a secret, or thing they need to wait until a certain age or event or what have you to tell that child they are adopted. I feel like it throws shade on everything and unintentionally creates the mindset that they are different or bad or wrong or in some way less than other children they know. I don't remember not knowing. By not knowing it wasn't a thing. However, I'm sure there are many children less like us and more questioning things. Why? How? But? What if? Perhaps my cousin felt these things but it was never shared with me, even into our older years. I've rambled on entirely too long without sharing how much I LOVED this book and that it's the perfect addition for every families library (adoption included or not). The illustrations are quirky and engaging drawing their own conversation starters. The story, while rhyming is not sing-songy and is engaging. It brings a touch of silly to a serious conversation while still maintaining the respect for the importance and magnitude of a questioning child's fears. Perfect for families, Sunday School, and even classrooms in the public sector this book brings to light fears that many children face as well as gentle reminders that there is no such thing as a perfect child. There are no takesie backies in love. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.