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We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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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.
adoptee & adoptive mom & social worker
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!
Adopted from foster care in 2008 (along with his brother and sister), I add a few words here and there, such as "you needed a safe home" instead of "you needed a home" and he sits and nods his head in agreement throughout.
I love the repeated theme of you needed...we had...now we're to help him comprehend the idea that we are building a family out of a group of individuals.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute book! I love how the book celebrates adoption.
I really love that the illustrations are cartoons. Read more
It was a good book but I was looking for something that actually used the word adoption in it.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best adoption book I've read, and I've read a lot. I was so excited when I saw Todd Parr did an adoption book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Watergrrl
Who doesnt LOVE todd Parr! He is amazing! Such great books to share w adopted little ones! So sweet!Published 1 month ago by Jodie Messina
lovely simple and colour graphics and easy to read along with my young daughter!Published 2 months ago by Shirley L.
Perfect for my adopted 5 year old daughter. She loves it! Her favorite part of all of Todd Parr books is the dust jacket that has a picture of Todd and his dogs.Published 5 months ago by Becky
It's ok, but there are so many situations in the book and only one probably works for your kid that the rest don't really make much sense to them. But it's a good book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Holly Bishop