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When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China Hardcover – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Yeong & Yeong; 1 edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096384721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963847218
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Taub on June 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Members of my family and friends as well have found this book very helpful in gaining an understanding of our Chinese daughter's home country and the situation surrounding Chinese adoption. They feel they've learned many things that they did not know before. I am hopeful that this book also will be useful and interesting to my daughter as she grows.
I particularly appreciate the sensitivity with which the book presents the Chinese culture and tbe reason that most of the children adopted from China are girls. The other wonderful thing about this book is that it is packed with photos of everyday China and of adopting families in China.
If Chinese adoption has touched your family, I encourage you to add this book to your collection!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "book_maven" on September 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
....Sara Dorow's book tells adopted children, "Chinese peoplelove children, and family members are very close to one another." It does not suggest that American parents love children better....
When You Were Born in China is sensitive and respectful to China, to Chinese birth parents, and to all the people in China who care for orphaned children in China's social welfare institutions. It is a superb book, and its explanation of the reasons children become available for adoption in China is a masterful combination of accuracy and concision. Every adoptive family with a child from China should have this book in their child's collection.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on April 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Each page is filled with pictures of China and a couple of easy sentences about Chinese history, beauty, culture, and how kids enjoy Coke and dumplings when they can splurge. Includes sentences that tell about the adoption process, and reinforce the point that the child is loved. Discusses how laws by China's leaders allow only one child per family, and how Chinese parents LOVE children, but ancient ideas about male babies are hard to overcome in some families, and girls get placed for adoption to other loving couples. Encouraging. Primary idea is that your (the child's) story began in China.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John A Hohulin on May 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to the misinformation doled out by the sensationalistic Western media, many misconceptions about the cultural/family situation in China exist. ("China sells babies"; "The Chinese don't love their children", etc.) When my wife and I adopted our daughter, we gave copies of this book to our parents and friends to help them understand her beginnings, just as we will use it to explain to her when the inevitable questions will arise. It's a great tool to bridge the cultural gap.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Keith Okano on September 29, 1999
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I was overwhelmed by the book. It provides the story of China adoptions in precise, direct, but kind language... the way that I would have hoped to have been able to tell it to my own children. The pictures and remembrances brought tears to my eyes and I purchased copies as gifts for our family to help them understand the process and the beauty of China adoptions.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book tell the story of a journey similiar to the one we took for our daughter. It also provides a perfect medium to explain to children and other members of the family. Everyone in our travel group say it is a must have book especially for the older siblings to understand where their sister came from.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "mstret" on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being one of over 4000 adoptive parents waiting for referral of a child from China, I found this book to be a very helpful resource that I will add to my future daughter's library. I will simplify and personalize some of the explanations from this book to create her own personalized memory book about China and her adoption.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a positive story with many truths. I take exception to the presentation of the parents "loving" their daughter so much that they want the best for her.
As an adoptive parent of a beautiful Chinese daughter, I don't want her to think that her birthmother was a fairy godmother, or a movie star who will come get her some day.
The truth that China is a male dominated society and the mothers are sometimes forced to abandon the girls due to political & family presure is not presented.
I much prefer the book, "Why Was I Adopted".
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