I Love You Like Crazy Cakes – Book Review

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From the Cover of I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis:

“Based on the author’s own experience, this heartfelt story follows a woman on her journey to adopt a baby girl from China. From paperwork to plane flight, the narrative chronicles the baby’s trip from a crib in a big room shared with many other babies to her own crib in her own room in her new home. Jane Dyer’s delicate watercolors perfectly complement this charming text, a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the world.”

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience is 3-6 year olds (preschool to 1st grade).
This book appears to be specifically helpful to those families who have chosen an international adoption or those folks that want to teach their children more about international adoption.

Our family felt that the watercolors by Jane Dyer were indeed interesting and added to this touching tale of a mother bringing her adopted daughter home. The pictures will keep the attention of younger children as they listen to the story in your lap.

While the story itself will have some grownups getting a bit misty eyed about this lovely story, our children did not appear to be very engrossed in the story. Our four children, who were adopted from foster care, could not relate with the story of an Chinese baby being adopted by an American mother.

While the story was quite beautiful and should be celebrated, it also leaves little for helping a show their adopted children about their adoption journey. Mostly we felt this way because much of the story was situated to this mother’s specific experience. However, we did feel like those parents that have an easy time talking about their adoption story will find this book as a tool to bring up topics about their own international adoption story.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What country were you born?
  2. How did your adoptive parent(s) travel there? Did anything funny happen during the trip?
  3. Ask your parent(s) about the first time they saw you. Did you laugh? cry? were scared?
  4. Ask your parent(s) about the first night you were home.
    Did anything interesting happen?
    Did you sleep through the night?
    Did your parent(s) read you a story? sing you a song?
  5. The adoptive mom in the story was happy to have adopted her daughter.
    How do you know that your parent(s) are glad they adopted you?
    (i.e. hug and kiss me, read me stories at night, make my favorite foods, etc.)

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Written by
Co-founder and President of Transfiguring Adoption. Darren is a graduate of Illinois State University where he studied fine art. He offers foster and adoptive parents over a decade of experience in parenting foster and adoptive children, as well as his introductory to counseling training. Darren enjoys visiting amusement parks with his family. darren@transfiguringadoption.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/darrenfink

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