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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.
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I had the same reaction to this book as other fost/adopt parents who have posted here--it reads as though adoptive children are damaged goods who were rescued by fost/adopt... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer
My young foster-to-adopt boys love this book and repeat parts while I read it to them before bed. It is a sweet, quick read that puts smiles on their faces right before they are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MeganP
My 5 yr old knows she is adopted. She has been asking questions and getting upset because she did not come from my tummy. This book was perfect for her.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book and the Family book touch on just about everything. Thank you Todd Parr!! We are Grandparents initiating adoption proceedings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! Actually our adopted son picked it out at the store! I don't think it makes adoption sound like charity. Fact is that children really need parents. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jarno Manzke
Love this book! We had the privilege to adopt our sons from foster care when they were 4 & 8. We were given this book as a gift when our boys moved into our home. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Teamlaut