Sam has a joyful story to tell, a story completely her own,yet common to millions of families. It is a story of how babies areborn and how children grow, a story of what makes people different andwhat makes them the same. But most of all, this is a book aboutlove. And in the end, Sam's story comes full circle, inviting youngreaders to learn and to tell the stories of how they were adopted. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (16)
Great book to read to my 6 year old.
We just got this book and I am very happy with it. No, it is not for very young kids. My daughter knows she came from her birth mothers tummy, so it was ok to see that in the book. We talked about every page that we read. The last page asks "do you know the story of how you were adopted?" My daughter said yes I do!! Not every book about adoption is going to be your childs story. The different books showthere are many different stories and all adoptive families are different and yet the same.
too graphic for me
I had read that someone returned this book as it was too graphic for them.I bought it anyway thinking "how bad could it be for a childrens book".Mind you, I'm no prude!But I'm not about to show my 4 yr old son drawings of a cross-sectioned woman giving birth.I just don't want to answer those questions quite yet.I will have no problem talking about such things when he's a little older and sharing pictures and literature.But for now, it's just too much for a 4 yr old.That's my opinion.I did return it.
Good but not what we needed
This book helps parents introduce their children to adoption and helps explain the process of adoption to a child who's been adopted. The story is written from the point of view of the adopted child as she explains to the reader who her parents (adoptive) are and what adoption is.
I liked how this book explains:
* why her parents don't look like her
* covers (briefly) what her parents had to do to adopt her
* explains what an adoption Counselor(social worker) is
* the difference between a mother and a woman that gave birth to a child.
I didn't like that this book is written from the stand point that children are adopted as babies.It details the little girls arrival into the family as an infant and how her new parents helped her through her develpmental milestones.Our children were adopted at age 5 so when I read that part in the book about milestones they were a bit confused as to why we weren't there.I also didn't like that it didn't mention siblings in the family. Many adoptive families have a combo of their own birth children and adoptive children.It would've been nice if they had included that in the story.
All in all, it's a nice little book with eye catching illustrations for a family of three that adopted from infancy.Larger families with combo siblings (Biological and Adoptive) who've adopted non-toddler children may want to find something else.
Future Adoptive Parent
This was a good book, but for a slightly older child. It goes into a bit more detail than I was expecting as far as where baby's come from. It was not graphic in anyway, but would likely trigger questions that I wouldn't want to address with a young child.
Looks like the perfect adoption book for kids, but.....
I bought this book to help me introduce the concept of adoption to my 3 1/2 year old daughter.The story is absolutely perfect - the little girl in the story tells how she is adopted and asks the reader "were you adopted too?"My husband and I thought we found the perfect book until you get to a page which rather graphically depicts a baby coming out of a woman's womb.If you are ready to explain that to your child, it is the perfect adoption book to start with.We weren't, however, ready to go as far as explaining the uterus, and how the baby comes out, etc.It was disappointing because this book was so cute and many childern's adoption books out there feature sort of weird, outdated-looking illustrations.Both my husband and I felt that for the very young child, this book gives a little too much info.
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