Did My First Mother Love Me? -Adoption Book Review

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From the Cover of Did My First Mother Love Me? A Story for an Adopted Child by Kathryn Ann Miller:

“Did my first mother love me?” Morgan knows her adoptive mother and father love her dearly, but she wonders about her other parents. Did they love her too? Why did they decide to let her live with her adoptive parents? Morgan’s mom assures her that yes, her first mother loved her. Then she reads the letter Morgan’s birthmother wrote to her. “My dear child, the day I first learned about you was a very important day in my life. I learned I was going to have a baby. That baby was you…The love I felt for you was so strong.” Morgan’s birthmother describes the life she wants for her child, a life she can’t provide at that time. She concludes, “My dearest child, to your parents I have given the precious gift of you.”

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Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 2 out of 5 Hoots based on it’s usefulness to foster and adoptive families. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here.]

What Our Family Thought:

Dalton thought this was a happy and sad book. We felt it was a good book for all ages of children who were adopted as an infant but does not apply so much to children who were adopted later. This book is a helpful discussion starter and affirms the child’s right to wonder about their birth family. The text is a little bit longer, and the illustrations were realistic and black and white, so this book may not hold the attention of very small child.

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Discussion Questions for Your Family:

  1. Is it okay to have questions about your birth family?
  2. What do you know about your birth family?
  3. What do you wish you knew?

Note: This book ends with several pages of tips and information for discussing adoption with a child adopted as an infant.

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