A young girl (probably about 5 years old) struggles with what it means to be adopted. With her family's help, she works through fears of being unloved by and returned to her birth parents.
This book hits on a number of key things: learning what adoption means and how the process works, explaining the choices a birthmother makes--without judging her, and 'verbalizing' the fears and thoughts of a young child.
While the concepts are introduced simply, there are lots of words to the story. Depending on the child's age, it may take a couple times to get through the story. If you didn't adopt your child as an infant, you may not find it as useful.
Our daughter listened to the story as we read. She was definitely processing the information as she has had questions about her adoption. I was a bit surprised that she didn't want to read it again or pick it up to just look at herself.
This is an excellent story not only for explaining the adoptive process, but for reassuring the child about his/her identity, recognizing their fears and re-iterating how loved they are.
A good book for introducing the process of adoption for a young child and showing that you understand their feelings/confusion.
This is a good book for explaining all of the facets of adoption.
9 to 13
3 to 8
Read with 8-year-old child.
Borrow it to see if it's one that is suited to the way you do/don't want to explain adoption to your child.