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Nutmeg Gets Adopted [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Judith Foxon , Sarah Rawlings
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) (10 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873868995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873868997
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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carefully structured to bring up lots of issues...will help children understand and explore some of their early life experiences. -- Adoption Today No 102, February 2002


Full colour illustrated story about a little squirrel who gets adopted when his birth mother is unable to keep him and his siblings safe This book tells the story of Nutmeg, a small red squirrel, and his younger sister and brother who go to live with a new family when their mother is unable to look after them and keep them safe even though she loves them. It offers a practical way in which to help children explore and understand some of the very painful memories that they will have of their early life and may help to dispel the feelings of guilt and responsibility which so many children in the care system carry. A comprehensive set of practice guidelines accompanying this story will help parents and professionals working with children who may be bewildered, upset and angry, to come to terms with their family situation and adjust to a new life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping young children make sense of adoption 26 Jan 2003
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Summary: A simple story about a family of squirrels who go through the processes of separation from birth family, foster care, and adoption.
When our 3 children (all under 5 years old) were placed with us for adoption, we were faced with the problem of how to explain to them what had happened to them before, and what would happen next. This book was a huge help. It was a big hit especially with our 4 year old, who requested it to be read repeatedly.
The story does not evade the issue of the neglect that leads up to being taken into care, but deals with it sensitively and is not judgmental of the birth parents. The experience of moving foster homes is covered, with the possibility of sibling separation at this stage. Finally, there is a happy and secure permanent family - but the adopted squirrel is still allowed positive feelings towards his birth mother. The concept of the magistrate issuing the adoption order is also covered. It can be read all in one go, or in sections relating to particular phases of the life story.
Our children could relate to the characters, and it has helped them make some sense of what has happened to them. It helped us explain things in a simple and non threatening way, using language they could understand.
We didn't know quite how we would explain going to court for the adoption order. But our children understood that we were going to see the "wise owl" who would make us a proper family forever.
I would recommend this book to anyone trying to explain adoption to young children.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hindered by trying to include every possibility 22 Jun 2003
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The idea behind this book is good, and I'm sure it could be very useful in the right circumstances. However in trying to cover every possibility and every detail of the process the book is a bit clumsy. It's not a simple charming book that captures the feelings of the characters (like "A Mother for Choco"), and in being so specific it does limit those it would be relevant to. However on the positive side it does tackle every issue you could possibly want (from the neglect and harm children may suffer in their birth families, to the different professionals involved) and it is consistent with the English care system and has British spellings.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One of the hardest things (in my opinion) when talking to your adopted child is discussing why they could not stay with birth parents. How do you tell a small child that their first mum simply did not feed them? Or left them alone? This book makes a brave attempt to look at this issue. I feel too many books look at the romantic, rosy side of adoption and I am afraid, for most kids in the UK system, this is just not appropriate. I have found it helpful when introducing this difficult subject to my child. It is not to specific and it is non judgemental. Helpful practice notes are also included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful 2 May 2014
By Gilli
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this is not a pretty airy fairy tale.This book actually tells is as it is...albeit carefully and using animal characters.Mummy squirrel actually fails to look after her children and this is shown in the story,the children are dirty and hungry and mum and dad are fighting.These facts aren't hidden..but then the children go into care and are adopted into a new loving family.
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This book has been really useful for talking to a confused 4 year old about his journey from birth family, through foster care, to his adoptive home. It provides a number of scenarios as reasons that children enter the care system & there are a number of ways to use the book depending on the needs & age of the specific child. The book comes with a guide on how to use the book effectively, providing much needed help for prospective adopters in the early days of child placement as a useful tool to help your child through the early stages of placement.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I like this book alot; both the pictures and the wording. It is quite appropriate for children who were adopted after abuse/neglect/foster care. I know that my daughter likes these kind of books because they let her know that she is not alone; she is not the only child who has had these difficut life experiences. I think the topics are handled sensitively, and I found the accompanying Practice Guidelines helpful as well.

Christine Mitchell, author and illustrator of Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond
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5.0 out of 5 stars clear and simple and easy for little ones 7 Jan 2014
By Newmum
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we read this with our two when they arrived (3&5) and it is lovely, they recognised the animals in their lives which helped with their understanding. We gave it to the foster carers as we no longer had a needed it and they have used it with all the kids who have new families.
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It is a good source as all of these books. I would find a book similarly written to help children who are in foster care and help them understand why this is and where their siblings are and why.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Adopting? Get this for siblings
Was advised to get this from our pre adoption course, for sibblings.
Tells a story of nutmeg getting adopted.
Very sweet book indeed.
Published 8 months ago by At seaside camping
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For a child struggling with being adopted, this is a simple but very effective book. It raises the issues in a child friendly way.
Published 10 months ago by Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars too wordy
I was recommended this book but I don't much like it.. pictures aren't very enticing and I think its too wordy for my 4 year old.. maybe in a year or so.
Published 12 months ago by B Mulier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Very well written! Such a difficult topic covered in a subtle but excellent style. Useful tips given at end of book also.
Published 18 months ago by Rachel Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This arrived last week, I was impressed with it, and gave it to my nephew to read, then asked him what he understood adoption to mean, he was able to relate it to children after... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Dolly Mixture
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry do not like it
I too bought this for a 4yr old adopted son who is waiting for a sibling to be placed. I find it overworded and clumsy the need to edit the text is huge, which takes away the... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you are adopting a child
If you like us are going down the adoption route then the Nutmeg series of books are a must for forever children and forever Mum & Dads alike. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2010 by Mr. S. W. Marks
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