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Kids Like Me in China Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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How marvelous that in telling their own stories children can embrace their connections to many layers of people and places. -- Sara Dorow, author of When You Were Born in China
Kids Like Me in China [is] quite simply tremendously important. -- Gail Steinberg, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption
Ms. Fry writes with such delight and keen observation, you feel like you are visiting the orphanage with her. -- Rose Lewis, author of I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
On the difficult issues..., she combines a thoughtful, informed understanding with a kid's straightforward approach. --Kay Johnson, professor of Asian studies and politics at Hampshire College
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--Rose Lewis, author of I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
"How marvelous that in telling their own stories children can embrace their connections to many layers of people and places. Kids Like Me in China paves the way for parents and children to explore the layers of their own histories and identities. It is a playful, thoughtful and refreshingly accessible story."
--Sara Dorow, author of When You Were Born in China
"Now that our kids are getting older, they need to hear the voices of their peers, not just adults, as they figure out where they came from and why. Ying Ying is the first child adopted from China to tell her own story, and she does it very well indeed. On the difficult issues of abandonment and why one finds so many girls in Chinese orphanages, she combines a thoughtful, informed understanding with a kid's straightforward approach to explain clearly what parents so often struggle to discuss with their kids. This will be a great book for the China adoption community."
--Kay Johnson, professor of Asian studies and politics at Hampshire College and co-author of "Infant Abandonment and Adoption in China"
"We don't have to wait until children are adults to help them tell their own life stories. Kids Like Me in China is an inspiration for all adopted children to begin to tell us what they think and feel about the early chapters of their lives."
--Jane Brown, MSW, adoption educator
"Kids Like Me in China [is] quite simply tremendously important . . ., must reading for everyone eager to understand some of the deepest issues of adoption: connecting, belonging, and identity."
--Gail Steinberg, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption
Top Customer Reviews
The pictures are mostly of kids (all ages) and caregivers at the Changsha orphanage, where Ying Ying, the 8-year-old author, is from. The orphanage is in good shape: it has new cribs for the babies, bright new clothes for all the kids, etc. But there are lots and lots of those cribs to a room, and the text talks about how busy the ayis are, taking care of all the kids. There are frank pictures of special needs kids. There are also pictures of older kids at school (mostly giving performances, rather than
sitting at desks). And there are pictures at a kid's home, which could pass as an American home, complete with laptop computer.
The text is upbeat, articulate, and frank. It's told from Ying Ying's point of view, in a child's "voice." She focuses on the positives in things, while explicitly acknowledging the negatives. Some quotes: "I was really excited and also a little scared." "I don't think the Ayis ever stop working. They hardly ever sit down." "Sometimes I think about [my birthmother]. But I don't talk about it much. Sometimes I just looked at all those babies in all those cribs and I didn't know what to think. Sometimes I just had to leave the room." "Sometimes when my parents were in another part of the orphanage, I'd go to my friends' rooms to play. It was different without my parents there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the way the author uses the child of the story to describe the contents of the book in first person tense! Makes it more personal.Published 22 months ago by Victor Joe
Kids Like Me in China gives an incredible inside view of an orphanage in Changsha, Hunan Province through lots of photos and the sweet words of an 8 year old girl named Ying Ying... Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Kelly J Raudenbush
I bought this book for my Chinese adopted daughter. She is only one right now, so I'm saving it for when she's older. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by E. Anth
The book arrived in a timely manner and in excellent condition as promised. Thank you.Published on August 13, 2006 by Happy Camper
I liked this book written in the voice of a 9 year old girl, a very mature girl, I hope my daughter will enjoy reading this in the future, I enjoyed reading it.Published on September 29, 2005 by Skinny V
This book gives us an inside look at an orphanage in Hunan Province and a young girl's homeland trip. Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by Cristy Giacomini
By accident, i found this site! I am Chinese and my English teachers (They are a couple)were from the US. Read morePublished on May 31, 2004 by Zhou Yang
Ying Ying Fry has written a poignant book of her family's return visit to the orphanage where she spent the first months of her life. Read morePublished on January 29, 2004 by Jennifer
As a prospective adoptive parent of a Chinese child, I found Ying Ying's book to be very enjoyable and helpful. Read morePublished on August 7, 2002 by Ken Ebert