"Nelson's study of the growth of sentimental adoption... is based on thorough research in primary and secondary historical sources... and provides a deep reading of representations of adoption and foster care from 'orphan fiction' and stories in women's magazines.... This study will appeal to anyone intereted in the history of adoption, social welfare, juvenile literture, and childhood and family. Recommended." —Choice
From the Publisher
Winner of the Children's Literature Association 2005 Award for Best Scholarly Book.