This is a collection of six short stories, each describing ways we bcome a family: by birth or through adoption. Not unlike Tell Me Again... the child in each story wants to hear for the umpty-umph time how s/he came to be part of the family.
This is a nice book for introducing different types of families, particularly focusing on today's multi-cultural family/world.
9 and Up
5 to 9
Started reading with child 2 years old.
Buy it if your goal is to introduce a variety of adoptive stories, and if you're looking for a book that goes beyond the normal homogeneous description of a family.
S/He stopped all activity and crawled into our lap for several of the stories. It was clear s/he was immediately taken by them.
The stories not only describe all types of family situations (infant and child adoption, international, domestic and single-parent adoption) but also introduce multi-cultural families and different settings (urban, suburban).
Each story is 4 pages (lots of illustration), which helps keep a child's attention. Because they focus on different cultures, there's opportunity to talk about diversity. It's great if you want to go beyond traditional "mommy, daddy & me" type stories.
Two of three stories about infant adoptions draw on stereotypical themes (i.e., young girl becomes pregnant). The stories in no way judge the birth mother, but they do introduce youth and poverty as central to her decision.