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Mishka: An Adoption Tale [Hardcover]

by Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, Miranda R. Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 1, 2007 1933084014 978-1933084015
Mo lives high on a shelf in an airport gift shop. All day he watches as families walk past. He can't help but feel lonely. Mo wants a family. He wants a home. Then one day Mo's wish for a family comes true as a special couple take him on a marvelous journey to meet his new best friend, Yuri. Mo has lots of questions once he gets to his destination. Where is he? What's a mishka? And most importantly, will the man and the woman who brought him and Yuri together come back? Will Mo ever have a family of his own?

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Editorial Reviews


Warm and Fuzzy: in this reassuring new storybook, a stuffed bear and a little boy in Russia wait for the day they'll go home with a family... Through Mo, Bashista expresses the longing and confusion that may surround an older child's adoption particularly during the wait between meeting his new parents and going home. [This book] will be a wonderful addition to your bookshelf, and it's an excellent companion to Bashista's first book, When I Met You. --Adoptive Families

I have fallen in love with Mo and Yuri, Bashista's newest characters in Mishka, an Adoption Tale. Bashista seems to have become an expert at choosing the simplest of words and themes to convey adoption's deepest messages to children. The soft, sweet illustrations work with the story allowing children to understand the feelings of adoption through the eyes of teddy bear Mo. This allows children who have experienced an adoption a safe way to see themselves and their adoption journey in Mo. They too may learn what Mo learns on the last page, "I'm right where I belong." Thank you to the author and illustrator for creating a quality adoption book for children and families everywhere. --Carrie Craft, Adoption Editor

We loved Mishka: An Adoption Tale. This uniquely insightful tale provides a tool for parents and children alike to express and understand how it feels during that wonderfully scary time of completing the adoption process. Mishka's questions are every adopted child's: Where are we? Are we home? Where are you going? Are you ever coming back? It so closely paralleled the thoughts and feelings of our own adoption it was amazing. Destined to become a classic in adoption literature, Mishka is a must read for every child adopted from Russia." --Denise Hoppenhauer, AdoBaby, and author Adopting a Toddler

About the Author

Adrienne Ehlert Bashista is a writer, school librarian, and the mother of two boys, one of whom was adopted from Russia as a toddler. In addition to Mishka, An Adoption Tale, she is also the author of When I Met You: A Story of Russian Adoption. She wrote both stories for all the families created through adoption from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DRT Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933084014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933084015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adrienne Ehlert Bashista is the co-editor of Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories, and is also the author of two picture books about Russian adoption: Mishka: An Adoption Tale, and When I Met You: A Story of Russian Adoption. She's had stories, essays, and articles published in a variety of journals, both print and on-line.
She currently writes for 3 blogs, 3 about parenting her 9-year-old son, who has a variety of neurological issues that make him 'easy to love but hard to raise,' and has a personal website as well:, which hopefully pulls it all together.
Her next title for kids, due out in August of 2012, is Haunted Kids of the Carolinas, a collection of spooky tales rooted in the historical, cultural, and freaky background of North and South Carolina. She wrote this book to be a tool for teacher and school librarians to bring fun and excitement into the curriculum, and she is excited to visit schools and libraries to make kids jump out of their seats!
Adrienne lives in central North Carolina with her husband, two sons, two dogs, 25 chickens, and too many honeybees to count.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!! May 18, 2008
I am always hesitant to buy an adoption-related book without being able to read the whole thing through ahead of time, because I sometimes would rather use different words or sentiments to present things to our son (adopted from Russia at age 15 mos). This just arrived & I'm sooo pleased with it!!!! It made me cry! There's nothing that I consider "questionable" at all!!! It's a beautiful story!!! :) And it addresses the issue of having to make 2 trips to bring your child home. I especially appreciate the part of the story where the bear was happy to be in the orphanage (although that word isn't even used) rather than on the store shelf -- thus not portraying the orphanage as an awful place. But at the same time, he longs to go home with the Mommy and Daddy who are coming back for them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mishka is Awesome October 22, 2007
When we adopted our son in 2003 we took him a bear for that first visit that I had picked up in the airport before we left so I immediately connected to this story. It was like reading our own story. And in 2005 when we brought his then 8-year-old sister, Julia home, I took her a bear that she called Mishka. She still calls him that today, two years later. Anyway, this book was great. I have read it all most every other night to my children. For them it is their story; something they can relate to. It is well written and well illistrated. I would recommend this book to anyone adopting from Russia and to anyone who all ready has and is trying to celebrate adoption.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting story, heartwarming in its simplicity. November 4, 2007
Mishka: An Adoption Tale is a children's picturebook about a Western family's adoption of a Russian child - as told from the point of view of a stuffed bear. Mo is bought by a kind-hearted man and woman as a gift for a child, yet the young boy calls him "Mishka" - what does this mean? The man and woman give Mo to the boy with a promise to come back. A long time passes as Mo keeps the boy company amid a strange place full of children; eventually the man and woman come back to take the boy and "Mishka" home. During the trip, Mo learns that "Mishka" was Russian for "bear" all along! An enchanting story, heartwarming in its simplicity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous adoption story from a different point of view! October 21, 2007
This is a wonderfully charming tale of adoption told by a different point of view. My two sons, ages 6 and 7, adopted from Ukraine love hearing a story that is 'familiar' to them. They each have their own "Mishkas" that were part of their adoption! It is a warm and heartfelt tale that will certainly remain one of their favorites!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and moving story November 16, 2007
A sweet and moving adoption tale written through the eyes of a child's bear. Really great story, beautiful artwork. I gave this to my sister who adopted a child from Russia and she and her son loved it. She actually cried when she read it and said that she was looking for a book for her son that represented their story. Really great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is OUR story too!!! August 23, 2011
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I purchased this book only because of the cover. My wife and I adopted a boy from Russia in 2010 and as it turns out, this was exactly how our story went. We took our son a stuffed dog the first time we met him, and the staff at the orphanage told us we might not see it again. He could lose it or other kids might take it and play with it. When we went back the second time to finish the process, and sure enough he came back in with his doggie! I recommend this book to ANYONE who adopted from Russia. Five stars all the way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mishka - An Adoption Tale February 26, 2011
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This is a wonderful book for any parent who is in the middle of an adoption journey and is waiting to bring their child to their forever home. It's also a fantastic way to explain adoption to your small child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book about Russian adoption! September 28, 2010
This book is sweet and beautiful. My son is adopted from Russia and though he's not quite old enough yet for this book, I'm glad to have a familiar story waiting for him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good explaination for Russian Adoption process before the 2013 ban
This book helps explain the details of the Russian adoption process in a good amout of detail for a child.
Published 4 months ago by JB from SF
5.0 out of 5 stars Mishka book
Excellent book for adopted children. This book arrived exactly as described very quickly at an excellent price. Thank you for other great reviews.
Published 10 months ago by Sue Bolt
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book
Very clear for young children and siblings to understand the adoption process. Colorful and appealing. I love how they describe the wait too.
Published on January 23, 2012 by Chad Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars very sweet
I loved this book. This is a very sweet story with beautiful artwork. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not adopting from russia.
Published on December 8, 2008 by Am
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, well-written and truthful
I'm an adoptive mom of children from a former Soviet republic, a school librarian, and a pretty tough critic. Read more
Published on April 14, 2008 by Anna Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Russian Adoption
I was particularly overjoyed to discover this delightful addition to what I feel is a scant lot of children's books about adoption. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by C. Bodie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Story that Rang True to My Boys
My kids really enjoyed reading this. The story rings true - I brought a bear to my older son when I adopted him, and he still keeps it on his bed. Read more
Published on December 15, 2007 by Adoptive Mom
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