two birthdays for beth

Summary:
After listening to her mom tell her adoption story, Beth was convinced that she could celebrate two birthdays: the day she was born and her adoption day. For three months she waited with great anticipation for her special day (and all those presents) to arrive. When it got here, Beth learned the real meaning of celebrating adoption.
Educational Themes:
The story offers a general story about how adoptive families come to be. Because of it leaves out a lot of details, it gives families a chance to add in their own details in making Beth's story their own.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. There are other stories with greater depth, but this is written in terms that are important (and comprehendable) to preschoolers and young elementary-aged students.
Little Kid Reaction:
Our preschooler listened intently to the story and then asked about her adoption story. She was not particularly focused on a specific day (birthday or adoption day), but wanted to know more about how we came to be a family.
Big Kid Reaction:
This is an excellent story for helping children understand that being a child of adoption is like being a child in any family: you are loved for who you are, not how (or when) you got here. Our daughter can find someone 'just like her' in Beth.
Pros:

We found this an excellent book for continuing to build our daughter's understanding of her adoption story. The book has resonance for all families.

Cons:

None.


Title Two Birthdays For Beth
About
Author Gay Lynn Cronin
Publisher Perspectives Press © 1995
Illustrators Joanne Bowring
ISBN 0944934137
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.00
Genres Family - Adoption, Family, Picture Book
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