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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (2 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375828664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375828669
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Blessing From Above is a tender book about adoption.
As the mother of two adopted sons, I began searching early-on for a book to read to them about adoption. We wanted to be very open with them about the fact that they are adopted. In my search, I found the books on adoption were either too long or too personalized. So I decided to write a springboard book that says just enough in hopes that you can tailor it to your individual adoption story. The entire time I was writing the book I had in mind a friend of mine, Liz Edge, to illustrate the book. Not only is she a talented artist, but she herself is adopted. When I presented the manuscript to her, she cried and accepted the job with all of her heart and soul. I think it shows in her illustrations. I also wanted to make one key point: every adoption is a divine transaction. Every adoption is a blessing from above - for the parents, for the child, for the birthmother. As the author, I hope you find this book useful. As a mother, I hope you find this book endearing. Thank you for your interest in A Blessing From Above. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love A Blessing from Above because it is such a simple story which you can use to talk to your own child about their special adoption story. The illustrations are beautifully done and the story of Mother Roo desiring a child and then receiving her Blessing from above (a little blue bird) can easily led into a number of different types of adoption whether foreign or domestic and even those with trans-racial families. This is the first adoption book I have found that is of its type using an animal's experience which is great for the younger child. It is great in reinforcing that the child is a blessing and was very much wanted. It also shows the birth-mom as happy to see her child safely and lovingly received into Mother Roo's pouch.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Hebb on 2 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
After buying a number of books about adoption to read to our 2 year old son it was lovely to find one that can be adapted to fit the individual childs story. It was clear right from the begining that the author had adopted children and understood the need to make the story simple and understandable even for a young child. Even at 2 years old our little boy said "the mama roo got a baby now". It will be one of those books that will lead easily into a discussion about his adoption as he grows older
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mitchell on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very sweet book that is great for young children who were adopted, and for those who were not. The simplicity of the story is nice, and the message comes through that both the adoptive mother and birth mother love the child. The illustrations are also very nicely done.

Christine Mitchell, author and illustrator of Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karen Cureton on 8 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a book worth buying if your adopted child is under three. It tells a great story and is very relevant although possibly more for the market where children are voluntarily given up for adoption rather than removed from their parents
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By whitney moore on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is about a kangaroo who sees other animals in their families playing and enjoying life together while she is alone. She is sad and rests against a tree one day and there is a nest above which is overflowing with baby birds. One falls out and into her pouch. She becomes that babys mummy as the bird mummy and daddy cannot look after her. i think that it is a nice book for a very young child and a good introduction to the concept of adoption. My daugher has just turned 2 years old.

(4 stars due to poor quality of the gold binder down the middle (holding it all together), i am expecting this to tear at some point and will need repairing.)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sparkes on 19 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this story. It sensitively deals with the emotions and choices of the birth and adoptive mother. A great story anyway, but definitely recommend to anyone who has adopted or been adopted.
The fact that the author herself has adopted 2 children, & the illustator is an adopted child is how I think they have been able to give that special touch to the story.
For Christians, this story also shows answers to prayers, thanks to God for His blessing, & a simple way to teach how we are adopted into God's family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 8 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A simple story wth wonderful illustrations. However I was disappointed with the quality of the hardback. It was just a cardboard back and front taped together which needed regluing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Newmum on 7 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
quite religious but not realistic story for helping the understanding of children who have been adopted. bought it to read with our kids- (3&5) awful.
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