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We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316016683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316016681
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Popular author-illustrator Parr illustrates the rewards of family ties in this heartfelt, supportive book geared toward adopted children and their parents. In each double-page spread, Parr completes the phrase "We belong together because . . ." with poignant explanations that touch upon basic, tangible needs ("You needed a home . . . and I had one to share") as well as emotional ones: "You needed someone to say 'I love you' . . . and we had love to give. Now we all have someone to kiss goodnight." As in Parr's The Family Book (2003), cheerful, friendly artwork, with thickly outlined forms and characters and a bold rainbow palette, inclusively depicts an array of children and families—including one with a single parent and one with two dads—and emphasizes the rewards of adoption for adults and children alike. Apart from the subtitle, the text never uses the word adoption nor refers to the adoption process, keeping the focus squarely on the universal joys of sharing hearth and heart. Rosenfeld, Shelle

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Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein...Well I've found another to add to the list: Todd Parr. Kansas CITY Star

More About the Author

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld. Todd grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In 1984, he became a flight attendant for United Airlines and lived in Chicago and Honolulu. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. After being rejected by many galleries, Todd showed his artwork at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio. This exhibit led to him creating merchandise for Macy's and his children's clothing line. Todd published his first book in 1998. In 2005, the preschool television show he co-created, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. He uses bright colors and bold, black outlines to illustrate his books which contain simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment. Todd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy® awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his family Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry.

Customer Reviews

I did not tell my husband how I felt about the book, just asked him to read it and give me his impression.
J. Donahue
I didn't like the wording, 'You needed...' it made me think, "The poor child must be thinking, I need...and you have what I need".
Evelyn Samples
Thanks, Todd --- we will definitely recommend your book to our other family and friends that have adopted children!
M. Hammersley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Beth O'Malley on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dear Todd,

I love your books. I love the simplicity, those good-enough-to-eat illustrations, the organic diversity and your good neighbor values.

It breaks my heart to say I was disappointed with " We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families". The books's theme is that the child " needs " something. " A home, someone to help you grow healthy...a friend...someone to say I love you..."and then the parent fulfills all these needs. A perfect match?

My experience as a parent, an adoptive parent, is very different.It is a two way street with my little one and a very reciprocal relationship. Thank god we had the opportunity to adopt.

I know you are also a parent and understand what I am saying. Adoption doesn't change any of this. Maybe you could changes a few pages when you go back to print. (not too bossy huh?)

This book could work as-is with an older foster child who has experienced trauma and waits for a family. That child knows that they 'need' a home and all that goes with it.

Meanwhile, I continue reading " The Family Book" to my little girl and recommend it to all the adoptive & foster families I work with. I look forward to adding more of your books to our collection.

Take Care,
Beth O'Malley
adoptee & adoptive mom & social worker
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an adoptive parent, I wouldn't buy this book or read it to my daughter who was adopted. I agree with the reviewer who is also an adoptive parent that the message doesn't describe the heart of adoption. We didn't adopt our daughter because she needed a home - we adopted her because we wanted to have a big family and we are honored to be her parents. If you know any adopted children, putting them in the role of victim just doesn't ring true. The author must not have experience with adoption.
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A mom on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Someone bought this book for us and when I read it to my daughter I was glad she was too young to understand. The message is that we belong together because she needed things and we had them. We don't want her to grow up thinking that we did her a favor or she was a charity case. We wanted a child and this was how we chose to build our family. That's it. We had plenty of needs that she filled too.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rick Neill on January 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's unfortunate to hear harsh criticisms for a great book. Thanks, Todd Parr, for another delightful book!!!

I don't think the book paints a victim-savior picture at all. I think it presents a good, simple picture of adoption. Parents have LOVE to give, children have needs that can be lovingly met, and there is a reciprocal relationship between parents and their children where both are very blessed!!! The words and illustrations in this book give a great picture of that reciprocal relationship. All the parents have big smiles as they are shown doing things with their child which is one simple way this book shows that parents are very blessed by their children!

A child is an immense blessing to his/her parents and there is a beautiful, reciprocal relationship. I personally think that We Belong Together does a good job of showing this. "We belong together because... you needed a home, and I had one to share. Now we are a family!" (accompanied by a picture of a family playing together and having fun together and obviously the parents have joy from being with their children!)

We personally are adopting rather than having more biological children because:
A) We do have desires for a bigger family and take delight in being parents.
B) Because there is a dire NEED in this world for MILLIONS of children around the world to have a family.

It is a FACT that children have needs and that by design, a permanent family is what meets those needs. ALL children are needy! No child can provide for themselves nor have their needs FULLY met without a permanent, healthy family.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By chad-roscoe on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gosh, people just don't seem to "get" this book. When Todd writes "You needed a home, and I had one to share" the implication, for me, is that I NEEDED to share my home. And I did. That's exactly why I adopted. My home sucked without my child; now it is a wonderful place.
I think this very much is about what both parties get from adoption, and I love sharing this book with my daughter.
And, as an advocate for adoption, I think this book is wonderful too. It very much feeds into the adoptive parent impetus for adoption, which, in most cases, is a selfish need. "I need a child. I need to share my home, my love, my kisses." Thank goodness for those selfish parental needs, because if we waited for people to adopt because God called them to, or because they wanted to save a child, precious few children would ever get adopted, and that is a very very unhappy story.
To be a really wonderful, as-good-as-biological-or-better-parent you have to adopt because you have something you HAVE TO share: your love, your kisses, your desire to kiss boo-boos, your desire to make someone a healthy meal. It's all here in this book. AND, the truth is, the child DOES need all those things, and there's no point in hiding it from your child. The child would have gone without ALL of those things had you not adopted him or her. BOTH the parent who adopts and the child who is adopted have GREAT HUGE OVERWHELMING needs: the child is waiting to see if someone will care and give, and the parent is searching and searching for someone to give to. And then, the really lucky bonus for the adoptive parents is that the child gives love back, something most adoptive parents weren't even looking for, and what a wonderful circle that all becomes. Daddy and Baby and me are in a big pile of love on the bed every time we read this book.
I think Todd has it perfectly.
Thanks Todd. Love it!
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