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Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story Paperback – March 29, 2021
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"Finding Family in a Far-Away Land" is a pensive and sometimes comical book that demonstrates how children can experience the same journey quite differently. A glossary of cultural terms is included so that all can learn and enjoy what Ari and Priya cherish about their Indian roots. This story is meant to be a resource to those hoping to learn about one family's adoption experience― and may even help a child process their own adoption story. The intended audience for this book is children ages 4-10.
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- Publisher : BookBaby (March 29, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 44 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1098358996
- ISBN-13 : 978-1098358990
- Item Weight : 4.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“We did not speak the same language so we just smiled at each other. My mom stroked my hair and kissed my forehead like she had known me my whole life.”
“Eating in my new home made me nervous...Ari ate macaroni with her hands. I poked myself with a fork and washed my hands in my cup. My family giggled and I did too.”
“Loving a new family and accepting a big change takes courage. We know because we got on an airplane, moved countries, petted a dog and tried Brussels sprouts all in one week!”
“Even though I left India it will forever be a part of me.”
Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story touches on every single aspect of my own cultural experiences and I applaud Amanda Wall’s writing and illustration skills which convey the message that new does not mean scary, and different does not mean evil. Embracing everything that life brings your way is the most wonderful outlook in every step you take. I suspect that adoption brings a whole new sense in the feeling of being loved while taking steps to achieve something amazing and wonderful each and every day. I wholeheartedly recommend Finding Family in a Far-Away Land to readers so that families can consider giving a new life and bright future to children who need it, regardless of where they live.
My Dad was adopted and I have always been fascinated by adoption stories. That is why I wanted to read and review this book. The story is told in first person from the perspective of Priya, the older of the two sister that were adopted by American parents. (This confused me a little bit as the author's name is not Priya.)
Priya begins by telling about their life in India prior to their adoption. It was not the best as they lost their parents and for awhile, fended for themselves. They both were sick children. This was a sad beginning to the book but it also highlighted just a small percentage of things that adopted children may have endured. Eventually sent to an orphanage, the two were adopted and taken to the U.S. on their first airplane ride. It was lucky they were both adopted together.
Fast forward, the girls only being able to speak their own language, navigated many new things and surprises. The book describes things like pets, foods, and even a trip to the zoo. Priya compares and contrasts all these things and the new wonders. I enjoyed this part of the book very much as this being an international adoption, children would have culture shock. It was nice to learn a little about India as well. What was also nice was to see their new parents embraces their differences but did not try to completely change the girls either.
The book to me seemed to end abruptly but it illustrated at the same time that the girls were doing okay and adjusting to their new lives. At the end of the book there is a glossary of terms. Although a nice addition, I think it would have been better to have them in with the read-a-long.
The illustrations were done by the author in line drawing and water color. They were not overly spectacular but at the same time, they were colorful enough and did well with the story. The simplicity of them fit.
Overall, the book was good and I think it did point out some things about being adopted without going into overly too much detail. However, it reads more like a short memoir than about adoption itself. The book is meant for 4-10 year old's.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. The review here is 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle