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Delightful Tale of Adoption
on May 17, 2005
Most Christian music fans that follow the genre closely know by now of the children that Steven Curtis Chapman and his family have adopted. Chapman has quite publicly shared his adoption experiences with the world, both in song and on stage, and his fans have had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the beauty of adoption in a very unique way.
Steven Curtis and his wife, Mary Beth, have written their first book together based upon their experiences with their adopted children. Entitled Shaoey and Dot, it is a children's book re-telling the story of their first adoption experience. That daughter, Shaohannah (or Shaoey, pronounced SHOW-ee), was adopted from Changsha, Hunan, China.
SHAOEY AND DOT tells the story from the perspective of a ladybug named, of course, Dot. Dot starts off her day like any other when she happens to hear a sound different than any she'd ever known. The sound leads her to light upon the face of a baby who was causing a commotion - Shaoey. Dot decides to befriend Shaoey and soon discovers that she is in a room full of other babies - "this is where babies come to be found!," she exclaims. As time passes Dot eventually finds herself accompanying Shaoey through the adoption process until she meets Shaoey's brand new family.
SHAOEY AND DOT is really a treasure. Lovingly told and beautifully and richly illustrated by Jim Chapman (Mary Beth's brother), SHAOEY AND DOT is a wonderful picture book for any child, but especially appropriate for a family where adoption is a reality. Speaking from the perspective of one who was himself adopted, I believe that adoption is a beautiful, God-given gift, and anything that helps to healthily promote it deserves all the attention in the world. This is only all the more true when the method is as lovingly created as SHAOEY AND DOT was. This is one of the finest children's picture books of the year.