From the Cover of ABC, Adoption & Meby Gayle H. Swift with Casey A. Swift:
“Finally, a book about adoption that celebrates the miracle of family and addresses the difficult issues as well. With charming, exuberant illustrations and a diverse representation of families, ABC, Adoption & Me will warm hearts, deepen understanding of what it means to be an adoptive family and provide teaching moments that bring families closer, connected in truth, compassion, and joy.”
We feel based on the way the content is set up and presented that pre-school to early elementary school aged children are going to do the best with this book. This book appears to be written for an adoptive family audience although foster families will find the book some what useful as well.
When we set the illustrations next to other books such as The Adventures of Beekle or The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself, we felt that the pictures in this book were simply adequate.
The written content was created by an adoptive mother and her adopted adult daughter. The book did a great job of holding the attention of our elementary aged son. It also brought up many excellent feelings or issues that children who have experienced adoption are going to think about at some point. We would dare to say that it would be worth going through a letter a day with a middle school aged child to merely give a topic of discussion to work through with your kiddo.
Overall, this book did great for engaging children and presenting adoption related concepts. The book could not be issued all five hoots merely due to the fact that the illustrations didn’t measure up next to other books in our perfect score category. However, the written content and concepts presented in this work make it a book that your adoptive family needs to investigate and use as a tool for bringing about healthy conversation.
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It’s Your Turn:
This book is uses the alphabet to make a story about adoption. Can you make fun name that describes you? Use the first letter of your name to pick a describing word for you.
(i.e. Silly Sam, Daring Debbie, Calm Cody)
Letter E in the book stands for Excited. Ask your parent(s) to tell you about the day you were adopted. What happened? How did they feel? Did your family celebrate?
Letter Q in the book stands for Questions. What are good ways to tell people you do NOT want to talk about your adoption?
Letter T in the book stands for Truth. Do you FEEL like your parents tell you the truth about your adoption? Why or Why not?
Letter N in the book stands for Naughty or Nice. Do your parent(s) love you when you do not do the right thing? How do you know? Can you do anything to make your parent(s) stop loving you?
Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies!
The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?
Our family absolutely loved the book Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. I first read the book to Jasmine and Dalton. By the time I was a few pages into the book, Grandma had come over to listen, and the older boys and Darren were wanting to see and hear the book also. The plot line kept us all engaged and laughing, and the illustrations added so much interest, additional information, and fun to the story. The kids were saying, “Look at …,” through many of the pages. While the ages listed on many of the reviews say 3 to 6 or 4 to 8, our whole family enjoyed this book. We recommend it highly to other foster and adoptive families for family time.
“We recommend it highly to other foster and adoptive families for family time.”
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Discussion Questions for your family:
The Fink family enjoyed this whole story, but we all had a really good laugh at a part of the book where Dot says, “I’ve got my eye on you buster!” That’s because this is what we’ve taught Dalton to say when someone is teasing him so that he doesn’t get too mad or upset. What was your favorite part of the book?
Our family really liked the pages with Dot in bed and the shadow of Wolfie and also the picture on the bear’s shirt. What was your favorite picture in the book?
If you were a bunny, and your parents adopted a wolf baby, would you be scared?
Besides fear, what other feelings might Dot have had about her new brother?
Jasmine was 5 and Dalton was 2 when Cody (10) and Matthew (9) moved into our house. It wasn’t easy for everyone to get used to each other. How have you felt when a new child has come into your home?
In this book, we saw similarities of the way siblings have reacted to each other in our house. I definitely saw Dot’s words and actions reflected in the way one of our older children has acted toward the younger two (though the younger two were actually in our home first). And they were just like Wolfie in their actions toward him. How do siblings treat each other in your home?
What do you think parents can do to help kids who already live in a home when a new child moves in?
Would you defend your adopted brother or sister if they were in danger?
Were there any lessons you learned from this book?