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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Harperblessings
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperChildrens (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061131768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061131769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another collaboration by the team behind God Gave Us You (2000), this book will resonate with many adopted children as well as their adoptive parents. The story is presented as a cherished and much-repeated bit of bedtime conversation between Mama Fox and Little Fox. Asked about “the day I came home,” Mama talks about how long she dreamed about and waited for Little Fox. Little Fox asks, “You were lonely for me?” and Mama’s affirmative response, for which several spreads of illustrations are provided, makes them cuddle all the closer: her pain is simultaneously shared and assuaged by Little Fox. Little Fox also asks about why he couldn’t stay “with the mother who had me,” and Mama responds in a warm and assuring tone. Bryant’s appealing images, mostly gentle pastels, are sweet but not saccharine, portraying these anthropomorphous animals as intelligent, loving, and wonderfully matched. A nice introduction to adoption for any child, adopted or not. Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan

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As Little Fox gets ready for bed, Mama Fox tells him the miraculous story of his arrival. First there was the waiting: 'I'd go up to the cliffs and watch for you,' Mama Fox tells her child. Then the mother who had Little Fox made the big decision to give him away: 'I think she prayed like crazy that you would be safe, Little Fox. I think she prayed for me as much as I prayed for her.' Then, finally, both their prayers were answered, the day God delivered Little Fox to Mama Fox: 'When God found us you, you made me the happiest mama in the world.' Lisa Tawn Bergren tells this heartwarming tale with tenderness and a true understanding. Just as How Big Is God captures the immensity of looking at God through a young child's eyes, this book captures the more intimate, but no less profound, discovery of the blessings that adoption brings to both parent and child. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When I read this book, I started crying.
LMZ
We adopted a child through foster care and this book could have been written for us.
Mary Kate Shiverdeck
I bought this book for my one year old son that I adopted domestically.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Seleshanko on June 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant's successful God Gave Us You has given rise to several other picture books featuring their cute and curious polar bears. But in their newest picture book, Bergren and Bryant introduce us to a new set of characters: A fox mama and her adopted baby.

God Found Us You follows the familiar Bergren format of a conversation between animal baby and animal parent. This time, Little Fox curls up to his mother and says, "Mama, tell me again about the day I came home." Mama says this is her favorite story of all time because "when God found us you, it made me the happiest mother in the world."

Mama Fox explains that she dreamed of Little Fox for a long, long time. She saw him everywhere she went; she prayed and prayed and prayed for Little Fox to come. It was difficult for her to see other mothers with their babies, but she "trusted that God knew you, and knew me, and knew when we'd fit perfectly together."

Little Fox asks: "How come I couldn't stay with the mother who had me?" Mama Fox says she must have had a very big reason to give up Little Fox; she must have believed it was best for Little Fox. "I think she prayed like crazy that you would be safe, Little Fox. I think she prayed for me as much as I prayed for her."

When Little Fox wonders if Mama Fox is his forever mama, Mama Fox assures him she'll be his forever - no matter what. Little Fox is the best gift God ever gave her. Then Little Fox falls asleep, feeling safe and secure, and remembering his mother is the happiest mama in the world.

Throughout, Bryant's illustrations are gentle and sweet, depicting the woodlands and Mama and Little Fox beautifully.

What I Like: Bergren's tone is just right.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate Shiverdeck on October 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for all types of adoptions. Many books are geared towards international or infant adoptions. We adopted a child through foster care and this book could have been written for us. It is beautiful.
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89 of 109 people found the following review helpful By TJ on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are lovely, but we had trouble with its content. If you want your child to know how depressed you felt before you had him/her (for example,the fox parent explains how before the adoption was complete, she felt bad every time she saw a parent who had a baby), and how generally angst-ridden your adoption journey was, then this is the book for you. This book simply has too much information about the parents' difficult emotions for a child who is still picture-book age. There are so many other wonderful adoption books out there; we will not be reading this one to our daughter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin's Egg on February 9, 2011
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This book is outstanding! One of the best books I've found. My only criticism is that the momma fox said that little fox's birth mama "must have had very big reasons to give you up." This does not fit all adoptions- especially if the birth parents died- however, it's difficult to make a book that fits every adoption perfectly and can easily be changed to fit your story as you read to your child.

This book centers around God working in their lives to bring them together, and I love that!

I reviewed this book before buying it. I always look at the criticisms first and see what they don't like about the book and then contrast them with the positive reviews to help me make a selection. I about didn't buy it because I noticed that others criticized the fact that the book was too "angst ridden". I'm glad I went ahead and purchased it because I don't feel this properly portrays the book at all. Most adoptions DO take a long time. I myself have adopted and I have a network of friends and family who have adopted. One of the negatives was due to the fact the book states "It made it hard to see other mamas with their children" but I feel that this sentence was misunderstood. I think the author was trying to convey that for the mama fox, it was hard to see other's with their children because she knew her baby was somewhere else and not safe with her. Fox couldn't be with his mom and she couldn't be with him as the adoption was being finalized. It has nothing to do with being depressed- just sad that the child couldn't be with his mother and vise versa. I remember feeling this way as I waited for my little boy to come home. It was hard to see others with their children knowing mine was overseas.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TeachingInWi on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy reading this book. My husband and I are almost finished with our first domestic adoption and we are working on collecting as many books as possible to read to our new baby. It is a great addition to the collection of books that we have.

I think it's funny when people say that books meant to help explain adoption and the love of everyone invloved to a child don't cover "all sides of the story". I don't think each book is meant to cover every aspect of every adoption story...these books are like puzzle pieces. When you read enough of a variety of them and combine them with the love and affection all children should receive, your child will have no doubt that their forever and birth families love them dearly.
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