Not just a book about adoption - It's a book about love and acceptance,
This review is from: Daddy, Why? (Hardcover)
On the surface, DADDY, WHY? is a book about adoption, or interracial adoption. After reading the story, I realize that its message goes beyond adoption itself.
DADDY, WHY? begins with Billy's concern about an impending addition to the family, a seven-year-old adopted sister who looks different from the family. The story unfolds with Billy pesters his father with questions about love and acceptance.
On love ~
Billy asks, "Why do you want another kid, Daddy? Our family is already happy."
"Daddy's heart has lots and lots of love to give. It's like a magic merry-go-around. It never stops!"
To comment on Billy's watering of a young tree, his father says, "The tree is big and strong. It gives us wonderful blossoms to enjoy in the spring, and a lot of shade to play under in the summer. When you give love, you end up getting lots of good things in return."
On acceptance ~
Billy asks, "Daddy, why did Mrs. Nelson adopt Ava? She looks different from the family. Grandpa said that she must feel like she is wearing someone else's hat, and that it doesn't fit right."
"That's not true," says Daddy. "Everybody is different. See? Your hair is straight like mine and Jack's is wavy like Mommy's, but we love you both the same."
"Will you help make Maggie feel welcome and loved?" Daddy asks.
And Billy says, "Yes, especially if she walks Mimi and picks up her poo!"
DADDY, WHY? delivers important messages to young children with a sense of humor, and at a level that they will understand. The fine illustrations from Adrianne Spota delight readers of all ages.