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Making Room -Foster Care and Adoption Book Review


From the Cover of Making Room by Phoebe Koehler:

This nice brown dog doesn’t want to share the couch. Newcomers bring change, and that’s upsetting. But newcomers also add spice to life. Written with humor and insight, this big dog’s story is a friendly one. It will have children smiling about the trials and tribulations of making room—for a new person, a new pet, and (worst of all, or so it seems at first) a new baby!



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.]

What Our Family Thought:

The first words out of our kids’ mouths were that this book was hilarious. They thought it was so funny that the book was written from the dog’s point of view. The pictures were fun. This book made us think about our two cats and how they felt when our first two foster children first came to our house, how our daughter when additional kids moved in, and how the cats felt when our daughter got a new kitten. This book provides a great lesson in making room for others in our homes, and that the changes that brings are both bad and good. This book is for any child welcoming someone new into their home.

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Making Room

Discussion Questions for Your Family:

  1. What changes have happened or are getting ready to happen in your home?
  2. Why are there more kids in your house?
  3. What might upset you about a new child or animal in your home?
  4. What might make you happy about a new child or animal in your home?
  5. Does making room mean your parents love you less?


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