Rain, a six-year-old girl tells us her story of how she came from China to live with her Mom and Bo, her stuffed hippo.
The story has great universal appeal. The story emphasizes creating a family, with adoption playing a role, but not taking center stage to the love itself.
Our child liked looking at the pictures and asking about when s/he was a baby.
We liked this story. Because of our child's questions, we were able to introduce a "second plot" with our own adoption story. Although this is a story of Chinese adoption, we didn't feel limited by it in our situation (which was a domestic adoption).
This is a first-person story about becoming an adoptive family.
Every family can enjoy this story. It can help young children write their own story, adopted or not. It is a great way to introduce adoption as a concept of love.
8 to 12
4 to 8
read with 4-year-old child
Borrow, at least. This will particularly appeal to families of international adoption, but all adoptive families will enjoy the story.