THE BEST SINGLE MOM IN THE WORLD by Mary Zisk

THE BEST SINGLE MOM IN THE WORLD

How I Was Adopted
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Age Range: 4 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little girl tells the story of her adoption as her mom has told it to her. It is obviously told often, as the little girl recounts it like a well-loved bedtime story, “Before you were born, I lived alone in this house.” She continues, telling her mom’s part and her own. Her mother had work and friends, but she longed for a child. The adoption agency sent her “across the ocean and over the mountains” to find her little girl. The child’s birth mother couldn’t keep her baby but wanted her child to have a family to love and to care for her. The child narrator says she sometimes wishes “we had a dad in our family” but rejoices in her grandpa and in her friend Nicky’s dad. Using a profusion of pattern and exuberant color reminiscent of Eastern European textiles or pottery, each full page of illustration faces a page of text. Small headpieces that echo the opposite image adorn each text page. An interesting companion to I Love You Like Crazy Cakes (2000), which is narrated by the mom about a child adopted from China and better told in Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1996). Practical, if not special. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8075-0666-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2001




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