Star of the Week-Adoption Book Review



From the Cover of Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles by Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth:

“It’s Cassidy-Li’s turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she’s making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy-Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn’t have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to include them! Using their own family’s story as a model, Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of families everywhere through this straightforward and insightful book.”



Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 5 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:

Our family enjoyed the book Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles. It addresses a common issue adopted children face at school, projects which require pictures of them as infants or family information, and shows one family’s way of dealing with the project.

This book has colorful, realistic type pictures appropriate to the school-age target audience. We really like the fact that this book discussed Cassidy Li’s feelings pertaining to adoption and her entire family, both birth and adoptive. This book gives permission for adoptees to ask questions and also to not answer questions other people ask. It is a great discussion starter for family and school discussions. It’s not just a fun story: there is definitely purpose to it, which makes it more of a story time or discussion time book, not so much one you’d read as a bedtime story.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What did you like about Cassidy Li’s project?
  2. Have you ever had to do a project at school that was harder because you were adopted?
  3. What are some other ways to handle school projects that deal with family?
  4. Are there parts of your story you don’t want kids at school to know about? How can you handle their questions?
  5. What questions about your first family do you have?


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