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Happy Adoption Day – Children’s Book Review


From the Cover of Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon:

“Hip, hip, hooray, it’s happy Adoption Day! Celebrate with a special book and a song just for you.”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book [#] 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:

The target audience for this book appears to be children ages infant to age 5, and it speaks to families created through adoption, especially families through international adoption.

Happy Adoption Day appears to be less of a story than a joyful and celebratory poem about celebrating the day a child was adopted. The written content focuses on the broad topic of adoption. However, the illustrations focus on one main caucasian family who traveled by airplane to adopt an Asian child.

The illustrations are painterly in style with much color. The looseness of the brush strokes and subject matter help to move the poem through it’s celebration of adoption day.

Transfiguring Adoption believes that this book would make a good addition to a home library as a fun bedtime story book for a very young child. Adoptive children will be glad to relate with a subject matter that they can identify with. While this book appears to be useful in giving adoptive kids an identifiable and fun tale, its use does not appear to be giving a more in depth explanation of adoption or tackling some of the more complicated emotions that go along with adoption.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why do you think the family is celebrating adoption day?
  2. How did the mom and dad prepare the house for the new child?
  3. What did your mom and/or dad have to do to get ready for you to come home?
  4. When you’re adopted, how long will you be a part of your family?


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