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I'M ADOPTED! by Shelley Rotner


by Shelley Rotner, Sheila M. Kelly, photographed by Shelley Rotner

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2294-4
Publisher: Holiday House

This introduction to adoption for very young children stands out in its clear, accessible approach to a topic that many adults may still find difficult to address, despite increasing societal openness. 

Engaging, full-color photos portray kids and parents of varying ethnicities and families of varying compositions. The process of adoption is explained in simple language that children understand: "Parents who want to adopt get help to find just the right child. . . "; "Sometimes adopted children look different from the other members of their families." Presenting adoption as an intentional decision, rather than only as a second-choice option for people who can't conceive biologically, is refreshing, as are the sensitive acknowledgement of a birthmother's possible sadness and the honest discussion of reasons why an adoption plan might be made. Unfortunately, birth fathers aren't mentioned at all, possibly leaving children to wonder about the existence of such a person. Both domestic and international adoption are addressed, making this suitable for all kinds of adoptive families. The photo album–like design, with pictures covering most of the page, a clean white background and a brief text in a large typeface, adds to the appeal.

A valuable resource to help explain their backgrounds to adopted children or to introduce the concept to anyone wondering about adoption. (Informational picture book. 4-7)