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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; English Language edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375828664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375828669
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"Once upon a time there lived a mother kangaroo who had an empty pouch," begins this earnest tale of adoption, the first by the author (the mother of two adopted sons) and the artist (an adoptee). As Momma-Roo sits under a tree, imagining what it would be like to show her own little one the sights and sounds of the forest, a baby bluebird tumbles out of a crowded nest and falls into her pouch. The mother bluebird "knew her nest was not big enough for all her chicks," and is glad to let an elated Momma-Roo have the tiniest nestling. Momma-Roo and Little One frolic in the forest, and every night they "thank God for all their blessings... especially for each other." Very young children will probably be satisfied with the simply resolved plot and the delicate prettiness of the watercolor illustrations, but adoptive parents may wonder if a trans-species adoption is the most appropriate analogy, and adopted children may wish that the perspectives here were not only those of the two mothers. While a general sense of faith suffuses the book, the story concludes with a quote from Ephesians ("In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ"), limiting the audience to Christians. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-This sentimental picture book, which begins and ends with New Testament Scripture, is about a mother kangaroo that prays for a baby. Seeing other animals with their young only intensifies her longing. When a baby bird falls out of an overcrowded nest and lands in the kangaroo's pouch, she hugs her "blessing from above" and decides to raise it as her own. There are several problems with this adoption story. Apart from the questionable circumstance of the mother bird being delighted to have a chick for which she has no room adopted, or calling a childless kangaroo "Momma-Roo," Henderson's story has the wrong focus for the intended audience. It is not on the youngster being adopted, but on the mother and her desires. Edge's watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoon illustrations depict a tranquil countryside complete with blooming flowers, ducks on a lake, and a large willow tree-hardly the environment in which to find a kangaroo. Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born (HarperCollins, 1996) is a far more suitable, child-centered choice.
Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's still hard to read this book without tears of joy about our adoption.
N. Williams
This story is so well written and beautifully illustrated, it will touch your heart even if your family is not touched by adoption at all.
BONNIE
We are adopting and this book is a wonderful story to read about love and longing for a child.
Kimberly Chance

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BONNIE on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a single adoptive mom, I have struggled to find books that would appropriately relate to both the special story of our family as well as present the concept of birth-mom/adoptive-mom in a non-threatening way for my toddler. This story is so well written and beautifully illustrated, it will touch your heart even if your family is not touched by adoption at all. But if you are an adoptive family, this is a GREAT story for young children. If you are a single parent, this story is a must! I can not adequately explain how relieved I felt when I read it -- here was my story, told through the eyes of a Kangaroo. Here is my daughters' stories, told through the eyes of a Baby Bird. And here is their birth-families stories, introduced in a non-threatening, easy to understand story for very young children.
Of all of the books we have on adoption, I am especially fond of this one. I am particularly grateful for Ms. Henderson and Ms. Edge .... your story has been a big help to us.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
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Just as there is the miracle of childbirth,there is the miracle of adoption-a mother who can instantly love a child that is not biologically her own. We have an adopted 2 year old and this is the most precious book I have seen thus far on the subject of adoption. I couldn't have written a story that was more suitable myself!! The author does a lovely job of conveying the yearning of Mother Roo to have a family of her own. I can't wait to read this to my little boy and explain to him that he fell write into my "pouch"! I highly recommend this book for all adoptees and their friends and families.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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I love A Blessing from Above because it is such a simple story which you can use to talk to your own child about their special adoption story. The illustrations are beautifully done and the story of Mother Roo desiring a child and then receiving her Blessing from above (a little blue bird) can easily led into a number of different types of adoption whether foreign or domestic and even those with trans-racial families. This is the first adoption book I have found that is of its type using an animal's experience which is great for the younger child. It is great in reinforcing that the child is a blessing and was very much wanted. It also shows the birth-mom as happy to see her child safely and lovingly received into Mother Roo's pouch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Finley on August 13, 2001
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As an adoptive mother of two, I have been given a lot of books to read to my kids to help them understand the reasons behind adoption, why their birth mother couldn't keep them, etc. This book beats them all, hands down. Written from the perspective of the adoptive mother (a childless kangaroo), it provides beautiful and simple answers to many of the questions our kids will have as they grow and leaves everyone satisfied with the entire process in the end. If you're an adoptive parent, I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Napier on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed this book a lot. It expressed how the "new" mom feels and how she felt sad before and how her prayers were answered. I enjoyed how it didn't say things like "gave up" or "couldn't take care of or keep" which made me happy as an adoptive parent. I also like how it showed that the biological mother (ie bird) was happy to see her baby with Mamma-Roo. The end was absolutely beautiful w/it thanking God for all their blessings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maro on October 17, 2004
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Our family really loves this book. As an adopted toddler, it was really nice to cuddle up and read this book to our little boy. It helped him let us in and helped our attachment process along. To this day (he is now 5), when he wants to be snuggled, he still says, "Let's play Momma Roo and Baby Blue Bird." It has been a great, non-threatening tool for us to talk about the happy and sad parts of adoption.
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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful By coffee&books on September 11, 2002
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While I thought this was illustrated beautifully, and the story line was quite sweet - I have one major concern.
The momma kangaroo wants a baby - her pouch is empty and she sees other families doing "family" things, and it makes her feel unfulfilled, incomplete...
A baby bird falls from an overcrowded nest of siblings... momma bird smiles down at mama kangaroo, who now has a baby bird in her pouch calling her "momma"... suddenly, momma kangaroo has a baby of her own to do "family" things with.
Hmmmmmm... no "approval" from momma bird, other than a smile, that her baby, who has accidentally fallen from the nest, is just going to be taken by a stranger? No discussion on WHY it would be better for baby bird to be with momma kangaroo?
My daughter immediately asked me if momma bird was upset that momma kangaroo just hopped off with a baby that wasn't hers without any discussion or approval from momma bird. This may be a stretch.. but doesn't that mean momma kangaroo sort of "kidnaps" baby bird (for lack of a better description)?
No discussion on why it is better for baby bird that he/she go with momma kangaroo - no mention of how momma bird loved him/her, but could not feed/house all her babies (yet keeps the other siblings). Yes, the nest is too crowded, but there are lots of big families out there who find ways to make it.
The only thing I liked about this book, other than the beautiful illustrations, was that baby bird is different in ALL ways (physically) from momma kangaroo.. yet they're a family.
If I were the author, I would have created a story line illustrating the loving & difficult decision of momma bird to give her beloved baby to a capable loving mother due to impossible circumstances (not just a small nest).
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