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.
This adoption tale introduces adoption and is singularly focused on the exuberance and love of becoming an adoptive family.
8 to 10
2 to 8
Started reading with 2½-year-old child.
Buy. Even if the scenario isn't exactly yours, the illustrations are wonderful and the pages exude the happiness of becoming a family.
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."
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.
This is a good book for talking about adoption and introducing words that your child will learn more about as s/he grows up.
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.