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Let's Talk About It: Adoption (Mr. Rogers) Paperback – March 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Mr. Rogers
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (March 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698116259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698116252
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In tackling another difficult subject for children, Mr. Rogers of PBS-TV fame stresses that this photo-essay is intended as a jumping-off point to spark family discussions. However-perhaps as a result of providing such leeway-Rogers's text is vague and lacking specific information. He emphasizes the basic need for a loving family unit: "Being in a family means belonging. You could belong in your family by being born into it, or you could belong in your family by being adopted into it." The "how" and "why" questions sure to arise from this simplified presentation are thrown into the reader's court. Rogers also suggests helpful ways for children to deal with feelings that commonly accompany discussions about adoption. Though they seem somewhat posed, Judkis's photos of three ethnically diverse families gives this treatment a believable universality. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?The premise of this book?that it is good for families to talk about feelings?is a welcome one to apply to the subject of adoption. Rogers presents a simple look at three adoptive families. He includes a brief but reassuring reference to the birthparents and the reasons for their decision. Clear, full-color photos show happy, sad, and angry children and adults; the text suggests that such emotions occur in all families, and states that "being angry doesn't mean that love goes away." This is an improvement over the relentlessly nice family in Valentina Wasson's The Chosen Baby (HarperCollins, 1977). Unfortunately, the first photograph, showing rows of babies in a nursery, is reminiscent of the unreal "chosen child" stories that have made some adoptees feel pressured to continue being wonderful enough to be chosen from the line-up. In Betty Jean Lifton's Tell Me a Real Adoption Story (Knopf, 1994), illustrations show the adoptive parents meeting the pregnant birthmother, giving a more complete and grounded story. Maxine Rosenberg's Being Adopted (Lothrop, 1984) provides more depth and clarity than Rogers does, but (like almost all of the better adoption titles) is for older children.?Nancy Schimmel, formerly of San Mateo County Library, CA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Fred Rogers: March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003

Producer, magician, writer, puppeteer, minister, husband, father, Fred Rogers started out in children's television thirty years ago. The direction he trailblazed was the "creation of television programming that spoke, with respect, to the concerns of early childhood, not as adults see it but as children feel it." He has received virtually every major award in the television industry for work in his field, and dozens of others from special-interest groups. Fred Rogers lived in Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

This is a simple book appropriate for very young kids.
Lumi
I thought they were only half paying attention when we were reading it, until they asked to "read" it back when we were done.
obladi9198
This book is appropriate for children of all types of adoptions.
The Zookeeper

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an adoptive parent, I found this simple little book to provide very clear and positive explainations about adoption that are readable to a child of any age. It is a great book to begin introducing the concept of adoption to very young children. It is not very long and it is filled with photographs of many types of families.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This terrific 27-page book features many photographs of adoptive families and their children, and discusses the feelings that kids have about being in their families.
"When you were born," it begins, "you were ready to live and be loved, just like every other child in the world.
"And you needed to be in a family, just like every other child in the world."
Being in a family, the book tells children, means feeling like you belong. And belonging can happen whether you are born to a family or adopted.
Photographs of several adoptive families show children who are happy, angry and sad. Their families comfort them, and love them, even when they are not at their best. "Your family is special," the reassuring message concludes, "because of all the ways you belong together."
This is a great book for even for very small children who were adopted. Alyssa A. Lappen
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
We have several children's books about adoption and this is by far my favorite. It focuses on what it means to be a family and how families formed by adoption are just like other families. It emphasizes the importance of talking about our feelings with one another. It discusses how the adopted child may have questions about his or her adoption and that questions are okay to ask. This book is filled with photographs of adoptive families interacting in every day ways. It is much easier for my son to relate to these photos than the cute animals in some of our other adoption books. I definitely recommend this book for adoptive families with young children.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Zookeeper on November 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
We purchased this book along with several other adoption-themed books for children. This one by far best explains adoption in a way our children can understand. As a family that has both biological and adopted children, it was important to us to find a book that presents ALL children- adopted or not- as special. Mr. Rogers does a fantastic job, as always, putting it into terms that all children can understand. This book is appropriate for children of all types of adoptions. It seems that too many other adoption books focus on children adopted from overseas or those adopted as infants. This one is flexible enough that it can be used in many different situations.
Thank you, Mr. Rogers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald on September 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
What can I say! Mr. Rogers couldn't fail at anything he did, even if he tried. This is a lovely book about adoption, beautifully telling in words and pictures what being a family is all about, adoptive or not. It tells just enough about adoption not to confuse the young child but to focus on feelings every child has and how to cope with them. Five stars for Mr. Rogers whom we sorely miss every day. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thebeta99 on July 30, 2014
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I was having difficulty finding a good adoption book to read to my daughter because I didn't want religious content and it wasn't an international adoption - this made the search surprisingly difficult. Our daughter also looks a lot like us, quite by coincidence, so I worried that a book about how looking different doesn't matter might accidentally send the message that we see her as an outsider. So the fact that two of the three families featured in this book are not interracial was actually a plus for us. I wasn't bothered by the dated clothes - pink overalls and pigtails cross a lot of generations. The message is extremely broad: families come in many ways and all that's required is love. I think the word adoption is only mentioned once, so the text of this book could apply to lots of non-traditional family situations. The photos are really fabulous - there's one of an angry little boy (because everyone gets angry) and the honesty of that photo stopped me in my tracks. Until seeing it, it hadn't struck me how rare it is to see raw emotion in a children's book.

This book won't change the world, but it will start a conversation while assuring your child that s/he won't lose your love regardless of what s/he does or the questions s/he asks. No one but Fred Rogers would have thought to boil it down to this simple, essential message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Pierson on August 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this book Fred Rogers provides excellent text for children to learn about adoption. It is written at the correct level for them and in terms they can easily understand. The length is also just right as well. He covers all the basics of how families are formed and what it means to be in a family. Yet he doesn't overdo any topic to where it would lose a child's attention.

I personally have found it a useful gateway to open a dialog with adopted children, giving them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. There are several excellent children's books on adoption, yet all the others I have seen are told in the form of a story. Thus they are usually specific about someones (typically the author's) adoption experience. Thus, while excellent at helping teach children about adoption, they don't lend themselves as well to having a discussion with a child about adoption.

Overall, this is a wonderful text teaching about the ways families are formed and what it means to be part of a family.
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