After her chick is born, a mother bird comes to realize that all the love she has for her baby may not be enough. She is confused and worried. She speaks with a wise owl, who suggests that she consider adoption. At first she says 'no,' but then accepts that her baby would thrive in a forever home with a family of shore birds.
The focus of the story is adoption, and the story is presented in such a way that you can open discussions from each person's perspective, from the birth mother and her baby to the adoptive family's feelings, too.
9 and Up
7 to 10
Buy. Regardless of your adoptive journey, this is a must-have book for helping your child understand what their biological mother went through.
This is a special story. The Mulberry Bird, more than any other book, has come closest to our adoption journey. The focus on the birth mother's struggle is very important - particularly to our preteen who is asking questions about being "given away." This is a book to buy when your child is an infant to save for the days when they come to you curious about their biological family.
This beautiful story can help all families - not just adoptive ones - appreciate the love that goes into becoming a family.
We have seen The Mulberry Bird recommended for children as young as 5. The story requires a level of empathy that they may not have, and because of that, reading it with very young children could leave them confused or angry.