15 March 2012

"How I Was Adopted"

by Joanna Cole
illustrated by Maxie Chambliss

"Sam has a joyful story to tell, a story completely her own, yet common to millions of families - the story of how she was adopted."

In this book there is a forward titled "A Note To Families: Adoption and Love" explaining how this book is helpful to children who were adopted. There is another part of the forward titled "A Child's Questions" where the author gives suggestions as to how to answer questions a child who was adopted may ask. The last part of the forward is titled "Raising Your Adopted Child".

In the story Sam shares where she lives, and what she likes. She says that she loves her parents and they love her too. She shares how her parents told her she was adopted when she was one week old. The book briefly explains how babies are born - an important part of explaining adoption to a child:

"They [Sam's parents] said that every baby grows in a special place inside a woman's body. That place is called her uterus." A cartoon picture is shown of a woman in a swimming suit with a drawing of a baby inside her. "When a baby is ready to be born, the woman's uterus squeezes and squeezes, and the baby comes out into the world!" Sam and her parents are looking at a book that shows a cartoon drawing of a woman from about her navel to the top of her thigh. You know, the one that cuts of the leg closest to the person looking at the picture. It shows four pictures - the baby inside the woman, the baby's head pushing out of an opening at the bottom (it does not look like a woman's private area, just an opening at the bottom), the baby's head out and someone's hands on the baby's head, and the baby halfway out of the woman.

Then the story goes on the tell how "many children stay with the woman who gave birth to them" but "Some children do not. Some children need to be adopted..." Sam shares that she "did not grow inside Mommy's uterus." She "grew in another woman's uterus." She then shares things about her appearance. I would note that the parents and child in this story all seem to be Caucasian. She goes on to tell some things about her personality. Then she shares her adoption story. It starts with pictures of her parents before she was born, tells about an "adoption counselor", how the phone rang, when they first met their baby and took her home, how her "our friends and relatives came to welcome you", and how she grew as a baby.

The story ends with Sam saying she loves to hear her adoption story. She ends by saying, "Every girl who was adopted has her own story. Every boy who was adopted has his own story. Do you know the story of how you were adopted?"

I like this book. It is well written toward what a child can understand. The illustrations are fun with cute details in the background. When my children are a bit older I think this book will become part of our home library.

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1 comment:

  1. An adult adoptee friend gave me this one for our daughter at her baby shower. It's one she LOVES to read already!


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