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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Long before Nini was born, she was in a safe place where a familiar voice promised her a loving home. But once she was born, that soft voice was replaced by the words of care givers in an orphanage. Though they were kind, Nini missed the soft voice and the promises it made. Then, one day, a man and a woman on the other side of the world learned that their dreams were about ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Tundra Books
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The beautiful illustrations in this book comfort the reader as we follow a child from conception/birth to adoption. Nini provides a brief glimpse of the landscape and culture of China, where an adoptee who is the subject of this book is born. Throughout the story, Francois Thisdale uses vivid primary colors, mixed with a collage of Chinese characters and faded colors to portray the life of a Chinese infant as she lives in an orphanage and as she is taken from China to another country to be raise ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Mallory rated it it was amazing
When Nini was just a baby inside of her mother’s tummy, she knew that she was loved. Soon that wonderful, soft voice was gone and she found herself in an orphanage in China. The people were nice but she missed that voice. One day a man and a woman on the other side of the world in Canada found out that they were soon going to have a daughter, and it was Nini! Nini once again felt that love in her new parents’ soft voices, but also remembered the echo of that first voice.

A very beautiful story a
The illustrations in this book are exceptional. Multi-media collage that seem dream-like, they are exquisite. This is the story of an orphan adopted from China, a story filled with love, family and belonging. It is a perfect book to share with an adopted child. It really feels like a book written just for the precise purpose of sharing with a child adopted from China, almost didactic, not as a general literary piece. Worth a look, though.
The Styling Librarian
Nini by Francois Thisdale – This book crept up on me while I was looking through the bookshelves. It is about a child born and given up to an orphanage. Then it turns into a beautiful adoption story. Quite touching. Gorgeous illustrations.
This book is both beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. It is almost poetic in its description of a little girl from China who is given up by her birth mother and adopted by a couple from America. It would be a great story for a child who is also adopted from another country.
Excellent book for a child of adoption. It is beautifully illustrated and simply written.

I do think that this book could be read to a younger child, prehaps 2nd or 3rd grade as well.

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This is one of the loveliest adoption titles I've seen in a while. It is just full of love.
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An adoption story most beautifully illustrated.
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