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The Day We Met You (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – May 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689809646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689809644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"The sun shone bright the day we met you"--and it continues to radiate its warmth throughout this unadorned tale of an adoption. Eager to pick up their new baby, the parents-to-be describe their preparations and purchases: "We bought diapers and pajamas . . . so you would be dry and warm." Friends and neighbors share the excitement by providing a quilt and a cradle; Grandpa brings reassurance in the form of a teddy bear. When the happy couple hold their smiling infant for the first time at the book's conclusion, the joy is almost palpable. Designed to be read aloud to an adopted child, Koehler's first picture book addresses an important issue in a loving, direct style. Her pastel crayon drawings, bordered in warm yellows, oranges and greens, strike the perfect note of childlike innocence. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Adoptive parents narrate the loving preparations made for the day they took their child home. The story begins simply, with the phone call that notifies them of the baby's arrival, and ends with the joy of seeing their child: "The minute we saw you we knew that we loved you." Pastel crayon close-ups of objects illustrate the straightforward story very well. Younger children will like the cradle, teddy bear, and tiny clothes named in the story. The text is easy enough for beginning readers, and the short sentences are set in unusally large type and fit nicely into the illustrations. Adopted children love to hear their homecoming stories over and over, and this is a perfect book to encourge such retellings. Pastel-colored borders on each page, homey objects outlined in black, and dancing suns glowing on the endpapers communicate the delight of "the day we met you." It is difficult to think of any adoptive family who would not like this book. Waiting for Hannah (Greenwillow, 1989) by Marisabina Russo and Waiting for Noah (Harper, 1990) by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, both about anticipating the birth of a child, make fine companions to this excellent picture book about adoption. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Great book for adoptive parents to read to there little child.
Barbara A. Haehn
This is a nice, short, simple book about adoption that my two year old daughter has responded well to.
Jessica L. Krudwig
Only the last two pages had anything about love or acceptance, and very little at that.
SkyGirlUAL

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Carol Watkins on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite book about adoption. I found myself in tears when I finished the book. The text is simple but speaks directly to the heart. The parents narrate all the concrete steps they took the day they receive the call to pick up their new baby. The crayon illustrations convey a beautiful sense of warmth and love. Both children and adults will find themselves drawn to the purity of expression in both writing and illustrations.
Carol E. Watkins, M.D.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book closely mirrored our own adoption experience. Family and friends were a big part and the book includes it in a very simple and friendly way. I love it and my daughter loves it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is story is simple and beautifully written. It is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of adoption to the very youngest adoptees.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful, simple, and sweet story, very well told and illustrated. I agree with a previous writer that the great adoption book is yet to be written, but as sheer poetry and as an upbeat, positive message, this is one of the best books out there.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
After hearing this story (which is told in the voices of the adoptive parents), our 3 year old daughter asked (again!) to hear her own adoption story. Sharing stories about the different ways children join families is a great way to begin a lifelong discussion with your child about adoption.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By In2why on October 16, 2006
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The majority of the children's books I find seem to focus on international adoption. This book met my needs much better. It is very simplistic but that is a positive to me, since I began reading this book to my son when he was only a year old. It is a great way to start introducing adoption into your everyday vocabulary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KJR on June 26, 2006
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Although the sentiment in this book is simple, I have found it to be a good catalyst for discussion about adoption. The details don't match in all repects to our adoption, but we are able to supplement our own changes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amit Vyas on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I do not understand what people expect? This book was one of teh best (and we bought many) books to help my daughter understan dteh adoption process - it was teh only one which didn't involve teh birth mother which is something that can be introduced later when they are little older...

Though my daughter is from India (not domestic) it still works - children are not so literal to think a car seat means that you literally got a car seat.

4 years later it is still one of her favourite bed time stories and has helped us introduce teh concept of adoption very easily. I reccoemnd it to all new adoptive parents adopting small children.
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