19 March 2011

A Mother For Choco


by Keiko Kasza

I decided to start doing little reviews of the books on my book list. I'm starting with some children's books. There are sites that list adoption books and black hair books and transracial family books, but I never know if the books apply to my child and family. I am starting with this book because it is one of my favorite children's books about adoption that I've come across.

"A Mother For Choco" by Keiko Kasza is a wonderful book for any adopted child. What age the child was adopted at does not really matter. The summary on the back of the book says,

"Choco is a little yellow bird who lives all alone. He wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? One day, he decides to search for a mother. First he asks Mrs, Giraffe, but she is not Choco's mother - she Doesn't have wings like his. Then he asks Mrs. Penguin, but she doesn't have big, round cheeks like Choco. None of the animals seems to be right for Choco. Will he ever find a mother?"

Although mentioned in the summary the book does not focus on the fact that Choco lives alone. It focuses on Choco searching for a mother (which relates to foster care) and mother's saying they can't be his mother because they do not look alike. Then at the end of the book Mrs. Bear hears him crying and asks, "If you had a mommy, what would she do?" Choco then lists some of the wonderful things mommies do for their children. As he lists them Mrs. Bear does them for him (like give hugs) proving that it's what a mother does that counts. Mrs. Bear says she can be his mommy. Choco points out that they don't look alike. Mrs. Bear basically says it does not matter. Then they go home to Mrs. Bear's house and meet her other children. They are all different kinds of animals.

At first I didn't like the fact that other mommys said they could not be Choco's mother. After a while I realized that there will never be a perfect book that matches our family's situation exactly, and that everyone's adoption story is different. Every book we own does not have to be directly related to Destiny's adoption story. It's like learning someone else's adoption story while learning an important lesson.

The morale of this story is that mommy's and children do not have to look alike to be a family.

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