Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 3 out of 5 Hoots based on it’s usefulness to foster and adoptive families. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here.]
From the Cover of How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole:
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. This is the story of how babies are born and how children grow, a story of what makes people different and what makes them the same. Most of all, it’s a story about love. And in the end, Sam’s story comes full circle, inviting young readers to learn and to tell the stories of how they were adopted. Award-winning author Joanna Cole has written a warm, upbeat book about adoption from a young child’s point of view. And Maxie Chambliss’s lively pictures capture all the joy of loving families.
What Our Family Thought:
I would caution anyone who did not have their children from birth against reading this book to their children without previewing it.
This book is targeted at preschool through early elementary age children. One aspect we did not realize would be covered so in depth in this book is how babies are born. While we appreciate the use of appropriate terminology (like uterus), we found some of the pictures of the birth process a bit much for the targeted age group. It particularly caught us off guard as we were reading to children who have been abused and who need protection from trauma triggers. I would caution anyone who did not have their children from birth against reading this book to their children without previewing it. Otherwise, the illustrations were colorful, and we found the book to be a great discussion starter. It even ends with questions to the readers.
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