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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: 9.8 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,413 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 a New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator of over 40 children's books. His books have won multiple awards. He co-created the animated preschool TV series, ToddWorld. It has won three Parent's Choice awards, an IParenting award and has also been nominated 3 times for an Emmy in the Outstanding Animated Children's Program category. Todd has also created several short-films for Sesame Street. His books are based on empowering children to feel good about themselves while learning about differences. You can visit him online at www.toddparr.com.



Customer Reviews

The book never mentions the child ability to fulfil the parents needs.
KJ
Thanks, Todd --- we will definitely recommend your book to our other family and friends that have adopted children!
M. Hammersley
Maybe you could changes a few pages when you go back to print. (not too bossy huh?)
Beth O'Malley

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96 of 102 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 62 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 78 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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15 of 17 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Henrik Dahl on August 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love the illustrations, but as many other reviews said, the message is so one sided and sad. It gives the feeling that the child should be grateful to be adopted. I adopted my son through foster care and have the same reaction when people say what a wonderful thing my husband and I are doing. I always feel they have it so wrong, my son was the wonderful thing that happened to us!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Donahue on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying I love Todd Parr's books. The Family Book is my favorite. As an adoptive Mom and social worker I was excited to order his latest book about adoption. I was very disappointed after receiving it and would never share it with my two children or recommend it to anyone whose families were formed through adoption. I agree with the other reviewers that the "victim" message of adoption is all wrong for our children. We did not adopt them to "rescue" them but because my husband and I wanted children to love. We consider ourselves lucky to be their parents. I did not tell my husband how I felt about the book, just asked him to read it and give me his impression. He felt the same way I did, that it should not be shown to our children as it is NOT a message we want them to receive. I hope Todd Parr reads his reviews and considers the important feed back from adoptive parents.
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