From the Cover of Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale by Karen Henry Clark:
We traveled far, far away beyond the star-lighted Pacific over the nine dragon mountains of Hong Kong across the rice paddies of Guangdong down the wide Pearl River. And we drank in Maoming beside ten nannies with ten babies from Xinyi. Then she was ours. So we adopted her on a July day in 1997.
Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 4 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:
Sweet Moon Baby is a sweet fairy tale about a baby girl born in China and adopted by parents from far, far away. Our family enjoyed the magical illustrations. We also liked that the story talked about how the child’s biological parents felt and what they wished for her and how the adoptive parents felt, dreamed, and prepared for her. If you want something realistic with trans-continental flights, orphanages, and all the nitty-gritty of getting a child home, then this book is not it. If you want a book that addresses international adoption in a fun, whimsical way with fairy tale quality, this book belongs on your shelves! We think there’s room for both in every home with a child adopted internationally.
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Discussion Questions for Your Family:
- What was the trip to your new country like for you and your adoptive parents?
- What did your adoptive parents do to get ready for you to come live with them?
- How do you think your biological parents felt when you were born?
- What activities did your adoptive parents hope to do with you when you came to live with them?