"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.
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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.
I bought this as a shower gift for a friend who was adopting a little boy. I didn't read the book, so I can't say anything about the story, but the pages stuck out farther than the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christina
What a PERFECT little book to explain the desire for a child, and how easy it is to love the blessing from above! Very much RecommendPublished 2 months ago by Angela
My all time favorite book on Adoption. It's great for kids and as an adoptive mama....I tear up reading it.Published 3 months ago by Nicole
As a adoptive parent we sometimes struggle with ways to introduce our children adoption but this book has helped make it easier and relatable for a 3 yr. old. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adenise
Really sweet story with adorable animal pictures. A good intro. for very young, adopted children. No mention of a daddy, which is a shame, but great for single women who are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian R. Jackins
This story was so perfect! It made me cry while reading it to my son!Published 4 months ago by Stamper
This is a sweet story of adoption that I enjoyed reading with my mom.Published 6 months ago by Shannon