over the moon: an adoption tale

Summary:

Two parents dream about a baby, and the next night, they receive a call that their baby had been born. They flew to a faraway place to meet their baby girl and bring her home. Together, that first day, they celebrated being a family.

Educational Themes:

This adoption tale introduces adoption and is singularly focused on the exuberance and love of becoming an adoptive family.

Reading Level:
3.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 2½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Even if the scenario isn't exactly yours, the illustrations are wonderful and the pages exude the happiness of becoming a family.
Little Kid Reaction

This took a couple readings to generate interest. Now it is an every nap/every night read, and s/he is always cooing over the baby, asking about all the characters and pointing to the moon & stars. S/He recognized events (like going outside at night to see the moon) and claiming that they are "just like me."

Parent Reaction

The bright, highly stylized illustrations exude happiness. It is a rather simplistic presentation of adoption, but a nice starter story for young listeners. It's easy for them to see themselves in it.

Pros:

This is a good book for talking about adoption and introducing words that your child will learn more about as s/he grows up.

Cons:

The story won't fit all adoption scenarios. If you want a story that parallels yours, but you didn't travel to someplace tropical or you adopted a boy, this may not be the book you're looking for.


Title Over The Moon: An Adoption Tale
About
Author Karen Katz
Publisher Henry Holt and Company © 1997
ISBN 0805050132
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family - Adoption, Family, Picture Book
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