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Yafi's Family: An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption Hardcover – Oct 2010


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A message of acceptance and love, the value of wholeness in discovering one's beginning life story 21 Nov. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Yafi's Family: An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption" is a children's picture book about the early life story of a six -year-old Ethiopian boy who was adopted by a Midwestern family. Filled with tender, vivid illustrations of the many different places and people who filled Yafi's beginning years, "Yafi's Family" projects a powerful message of acceptance that infuses its heart and core. A foreword by Melissa Faye Greene contains the following quotation: "The message we relay to the children who are ours by adoption needs to be: You came from somewhere. You came from good people. You came from this spot on the globe. This is your birth-country. It is a country filled with people who look like you. Do you remember living there? Maybe you were too little to remember. But it's right there, your country, and it can be part of your life." This is the burden of "Yafi's Family," to deliver a message of acceptance and love, the value of wholeness in discovering one's beginning life story. "Yafis' Family" is also unique as a first mainstream children's picture book for African/Ethiopian adoption.
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love it - so honoring of birth family! 5 July 2011
By Mary C. Hoyt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My child was abandoned, not relinquished as Yafi was, and my son if from another African country, but I still love the book b/c it clearly honors the birth family and assumes the best about them - I'm trying to create a collection of such books for our son to somewhat normalize his experience and provide a context in which to process his history - I love the drawing at the end of the book which includes his birth family and adoptive family - "I don't have a picture of my first mother, but I can draw one." Thank you, Linda and Jan! I hope others with such giftings will continue to produce such precious books for the growing adoption community! this is my first book review! (show how strongly I feel about this book and books like it)
Adoptive and Biological Families in Harmony 2 Jun. 2013
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Adoption can oftentimes cause a child to be transported from their native country to a foreign land. Like other immigrants, an adopted child from a foreign place must undergo a period of adjustment. At some point in time, coping with the adoption will become a secondary issue. The situation is intensified immediately if the child is old enough to understand what is happening and is further compounded when there are significant differences between the original culture and the child's new homeland.

In the picture book, Yafi's Family: An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss and Adoption, Linda Pettitt and her coauthor, Sharon Darrow, tell the story of an Ethiopian boy who is trying to bridge the gap between his first home in Ethiopia and his new home. It is unclear whether he moved to the U.S. or Linda's homeland, Australia.

By listening to the warmhearted dialogue between Yafi and his new adopted family, the reader learns that Yafi's moved in with his grandmother after his mom died. Even though Yafi was too young to remember her face, he remembers her presence. When Yafi's grandmother could no longer care for Yafi, she placed him in an orphanage. The ongoing conversation reveals the moments when Yafi first met his new family in Ethiopia and some of the challenges he faced as he adjusted to his new life.

Award winning artist, Jan Spivey Gilchrist's illustrations show the love that Yafi received from both his birth family and adopted family. The subdued tones add to the gentle nature of the story.

Linda's prior experiences with adoption and international travel provide insight into the dynamics of international adoption. The reader feels a tug of emotions as Yafi tries to balance the love for his birth family with his adopted family and new home.
Good story 30 Oct. 2013
By J. Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son shares much in common with Yafi, which is why I bought the book. The story is good, but a little advanced for my 3 year-old, so I just modify the rough parts a little. It will be good for him and clearly he identifies with Yafi.
Great adoption story 25 July 2013
By Kristy James Kuehn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hard to find adoption books from Ethiopia but this was as close as I could get to fit my family.
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