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Why Was I Adopted?: Facts of Adoption with Love and Illustrations Paperback – 1 Jan 1995

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press; New Ed edition (Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818404000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818404009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 22.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great book for slightly older children (age 7 and up). My children, aged 7 and 8, love it ! There is always one page of text, one page illustration, one page text...The illustrations are very funny.

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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Was really looking forward to reading this book. However was disappointed how old fashioned and wordy it was. Still a book worth reading through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old, but the best adoption book I found 4 July 2013
By Thereya - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by my best friend who is adopted. We are adopting through fostercare and most of the other books describe domestic infant adoptions or foreign adoptions, so it's tough to find one that fits our situation. We've also noticed that most other books don't mention fathers, at all. It's important to us that our son has a clear, honest, age appropriate understanding of how he came to be in our family. We also don't believe in either glorifying or vilifying adoption and this book does an excellent job of just presenting information.

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.
1.0 out of 5 stars I think telling your own story would be better than this book which covered the topic in a flippant manner 19 Nov. 2016
By cc - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrible book imo. Couldn't use it. Perhaps trying to be casual and light it covered the topic in a flippant manner. Better books include:
I think telling your own story would be better than this book which doesn't even include that wide of a range of situations.

Did My First Mother Love Me? A Story for an Adopted Child by Kathryn Ann Miller
Morgan asks her adoptive mom if her first mother loved her. Her mother answers Morgan by reading her a letter that Morgan's birth mother wrote to her.

and others at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had this book as a child myself 23 July 2016
By Juls - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this book as an adopted child and always loved it. It is my go to gift for friends now adopting children. It is probably dated but i have fond memories and it makes for a special gift for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this since 1985 17 Nov. 2015
By Eloise - Published on Amazon.com
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My folks gave me this book when I was 5, a family member just adopted a baby and it was the perfect gift to pass along.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Book on Adoption within families 6 Mar. 2013
By Deborah L. Meek - Published on Amazon.com
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After adopting my 2 grandchildren and being a counselor, I read every adoption book I could find at the local library. I looked on line and found this one. Its written to read to children who are/were adoped. I read this to my little ones every year on the anniversary of the adoption. They are now teenagers and I buy this book for every family I know that has adopted. I recommend this for all families who adopt.
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