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God Found Us You (Harperblessings) Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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Another collaboration by the team behind God Gave Us You (2000), this book will resonate with many adopted children as well as their adoptive parents. The story is presented as a cherished and much-repeated bit of bedtime conversation between Mama Fox and Little Fox. Asked about “the day I came home,” Mama talks about how long she dreamed about and waited for Little Fox. Little Fox asks, “You were lonely for me?” and Mama’s affirmative response, for which several spreads of illustrations are provided, makes them cuddle all the closer: her pain is simultaneously shared and assuaged by Little Fox. Little Fox also asks about why he couldn’t stay “with the mother who had me,” and Mama responds in a warm and assuring tone. Bryant’s appealing images, mostly gentle pastels, are sweet but not saccharine, portraying these anthropomorphous animals as intelligent, loving, and wonderfully matched. A nice introduction to adoption for any child, adopted or not. Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan
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When I read this story to my 4-1/2 year old son (adopted from South Korea), he always wants to know why Momma Fox is so sad as she waits, and waits, and waits. Of course, the answer is that she so eagerly yearned for her child to come home -- and this opens us up to talking about our own feelings of how glad we are that he, and his younger sister, are now part of our family.
The story is presented as a favorite bedtime story that Momma Fox tells her little one, so of course we know right from the start that her child WILL come home, and her yearning WILL turn to joy. Nevertheless, when I get to the part of the story when Little Fox finally comes home, it's hard to keep back the tears.
In fairness, if you flat-out don't believe in God, and do not feel that that there is anything supernatural in how adoptive families are brought together, than this is not the book for you. But for anyone else who wants a children's story about the emotions behind the adoption experience, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Based on all the reviews I read before I bought this book for our little girl who we adopted domestically, I was a little nervous. But when I got it and read it, I must say that this is one of my FAVORITE books!! My husband and I had struggled and continue to struggle for years with infertility, it was something that at first we were very private about, but as our journey has progressed I have become much more open about - in an effort to support other woman like myself. Both my husband and I work with children and they have always been a big part of our lives. When we were trying to get pregnant and when we were waiting for a baby it was at times very hard for me to go to friends baby showers, see other mothers with strings of children that they were screaming at at - while at the grocery store etc, etc.....the longing and tinge of jealousy was an emotion I felt very guilty about. I loved the way that the book, acknowledged this yearning to be a mom and how difficult it is at times, in a very sweet, simple and beautiful way, while talking about the whole journey of adoption and the blessing it has been. The other aspect I loved is that it talks about her birth mother and addresses why the little fox was adopted and that both mothers share a common prayer for the same child. The adoption of our daughter has been one of the most profound and beautiful blessings in my life, she brings us such happiness and it has been wonderful to share all these feelings with her in one book! I feel like this book was written especially for me - just as much as it was written for our little girl! And all of my friends who adopt will be getting a copy!!
My friend recommended this book to me, and it seemed so sweet I just had to get it. I was a little nervous, because as many people have commented, adoption books are so geared toward certain situations that you have to find the right book for you and your child. International, domestic, infant, foster, mixed race, boy or girl adoption...it seemed impossible to find the one that fit our situation.
Until "God Found Us You."
When I read it, I started to tear up a little because it seemed to hit my emotions as an adoptive mother (waiting, and waiting, and waiting, as well as the being lonely just for that child), as well as beautifully explain the basics of adoption.
I am very pleased with this book, and I love almost everything about it.
The only part that I would have liked to have seen different is the mention of Papa Fox. Mama Fox often says "us," and refers to the parents in plural. But Papa Fox is never mentioned. He's not even in any of the pictures. It's possible that is because Mama Fox is putting Little Fox to bed, so she is telling him the story. But I just wished that Papa Fox at least had a picture in the book.
Other than that, this is perfect for any kind of adoption. It perfectly captures the emotion and love that comes with adoption and (finally!) being a family.