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Why Was I Adopted?: Facts of Adoption with Love and Illustrations Paperback – 1 Jan 1995
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It starts with similarities (we are all people, we all have two eyes), then moves on to general differences (eye/hair colour), talks about birthparents and that some children can't stay with them and the reasons. It describes the process of adoption and adoptive parents and then covers common questions adopted children have (I can't remember my birthparents. Is that okay? Does an adoption cost a lot of money? Can people pick out their child?..).
The book is very positive and manages to talk about serious and often sad things in a light-hearted manner. However, it conveys a lot of information and manages to make the child feel good about who they are.
I liked the part about birthparents so much, I put parts of it into my childrens' life story books.
There is one downer though. With the exception of one Asian child, everyone in the book is white.
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What I love about this book is that it talks frankly and plainly about adoption. It discusses a variety of ways that children can be adopted and suggests that the child discuss with their parents how they came to be adopted. It lets the child know that they have birth parents who gave them the gift of life and that they have a forever family that loves them. It doesn't victimize them or exhault them for being adopted. It brings up key questions and issues relating to adoption, mentions several scenarios and invites the child to ask their parents about their family and their situation. It's a great book for discussion and the only one I've found that doesn't make assumptions about the situation surrounding the adoption. I'd say it's probably best for ages 5+ but I think older kids and young teens would still get a lot out of the book. I bought several other books that we ended up getting rid of because I was hesitant to buy this older book. I ended up buying a used copy of this book and wished I'd done that too begin with.
I think telling your own story would be better than this book which doesn't even include that wide of a range of situations.
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