THREE NAMES OF ME by Mary Cummings

THREE NAMES OF ME

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Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ada has three names. Her parents call her Ada, but that’s not the only name she’s been called. First, her birth mother whispered a name, one that Ada doesn’t know how to say; in the Chinese orphanage, the nurses called her Wang Bin, which means gentle and refined princess; and then, when her adoptive parents came to China to pick up Wang Bin, they named her Ada. In Chinese, ai da means, “love arrived.” That is to say that Ada is loved by her new parents. This sweet tale of international adoption pulls no punches when Ada considers questions about adoption. Why did Ada’s birth parents leave her at the orphanage? Why do people stare at Ada when she is out with her parents? Lovely watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations place Ada at the center of the story and each double-paged spread, allowing the reader to connect with her. Unnecessary scrapbook pages follow the tender main story. An insightful story for adopted children and their friends who want to know more about international adoption. (Fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8075-7903-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Whitman
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2006




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