Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Adoption stories...

I've found a couple of great picture books in the past couple of weeks on the subject of being adopted that I've really liked and wanted to share them with you all. We don't have an adopted child in our family, but hope to someday and if that does happen, you can bet these will be two books we have on our shelves at home.

Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles is written by Darlene Friedman and illustrated by Roger Roth. It tells the story of an adorable young girl named Cassidy-Li, who is set to be Star of the Week at her elementary school, meaning she gets to bring in a poster all about herself. She includes lots of snippets about her life including her adoption from China, the first woman she met in the U.S., and her two best friends.

After completing her poster, Cassidy-Li realizes she doesn't have any pictures of her birth parents and wonders a bit about them. Where they live, if they're nice, and why they couldn't keep her. Though not able to glean any answers, Cassidy-Li does feel better after talking with her parents and doing her presentation at school.

An adorable book that does not gloss over the questions children might have, this was a winner on the subject. Great for library and home shelves.

Star of the Week: A story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
Darlene Friedman
32 pages
Picture Book
June 2009

Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story is written and illustrated by Yumi Heo and takes on adoption from a different perspective. An older sister is counting down the days and nights until her new adopted baby sister arrives from Korea. The girl helps put together new furniture, redecorates her room, practices feeding her baby doll, and every night she marks another day off the calendar in anticipation.

A really sweet story that could even be used for any sibling expecting a new baby brother or sister, not just adopted children. Aimed towards younger children, but a good resource on adoption for older children as well. Great for library or home shelves.

Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story
Yumi Heo
40 pages
Picture Book
Schwatz & Wade
May 2009


Kelly H-Y said...

Fantastic recommendations!!!

Darlene Friedman said...

Thank you for the great review. Obviously this book was a labor of love and we are very proud of it. It is so gratifying when someone truly understands the intent of our book. So glad to know it resonated with you.

Thanks again!

Darlene Friedman, Author
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption and Brownies with Sprinkes

Amanda said...

Kelly, so glad you liked the recommendations!

Darlene, awesome to hear from you!! My husband and I are casually looking into adoption at this point and would definitely be using your book if we did get to adopt a sweet child. Thanks!