From the Cover of I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman:
“Every child is special and unique, but… children also love to dream of being something different. Taking flight, running fast, roaring loudly – there are no limits to children’s imaginations. And no matter where their dreams take them, we are always there, every step of the way.
Bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has once again created a book that celebrates the comfort of always, always knowing that you are loved – no matter what you might decide to be.”
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
This book appears to have been written for the general public and was not necessarily created with foster or adoptive parents in mind. The book seems to be well-suited for children from ages 3-10 or preschool through upper elementary school – due to the heavy attention to images this book would seem to do best on the lower end of the age range we have suggested. Foster and adoptive parents are going to be interested in this book as the theme deals with communicating with children about how special and unique they are to a parent or caregiver.
The illustrations in this book are done in realistic fashion which appears to be paint or ink like. The images are vibrant and compositions themselves tend to have a good fluid motion to allow you child to stay engaged with the story. There is more often than not an animal which is staring straight at the reader from the turn of a page – this eye contact seems to assist in capturing the attention of children.
This tale seems to revolve around the theme of discussing the unique and special person and character of your own child. At the beginning of the book a woman (possibly the mother) begins to relate to a child how she would know the child if they were in a pretend animal form due to the special qualities/traits the child possesses.
This book may have been written with a typical birth family in mind but the book is vague with relaying the identity of the speaker of the book that it could easily relate to a foster or adoptive family. The story is has a rhythmic flow when reading which makes it fun and easy to read to a child. There is little text on each page and the story reads quickly so this seems to be a great book for a quick bedtime story.
Overall, Transfiguring Adoption finds that while this book was not directly created foster or adoptive families, it does a great job of creating an atmosphere where caregivers can tell children they are special and convey what this looks like.
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It’s Your Turn:
- Would you like to be a snowy white owl? Why?
Can you say,” Whoo. Whoo?”
- How does a bear nose look?
- Does your nose look like a bear cub’s nose?
- What do you think the blue-footed booby bird’s happy dance look like?
- What does your happy dance look like?
- Do your mom and/or dad think you’re special? How do you know?