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My Family is Forever

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Some families look alike, some don't. Some families are formed through birth, and some families are formed by adoption. But as the little girl in this heartwarming book makes clear, being a family isn't about who you look like or where you were born—it's about the love that binds you together. Adoptive families are sure to delight in the special story of the narrator's ado ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published 2004)
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Emily Holder
Oct 18, 2016 Emily Holder added it
Shelves: text-set
This story is about a Caucasian family adopting an Asian girl as a baby. It is described that her family wanted a baby to love, so they went to a far away country and adopted her. I liked the aspect of the book when it talked about how families are made in different ways, so sometimes they look alike and sometimes they don’t.
“My Family is Forever” could also relate to different types of families that are made in non-traditional ways, which is why I included it in my set. It is vital for childr
Briana Kight
Oct 18, 2016 Briana Kight rated it it was amazing
My Family is Forever is told by a young girl who has been adopted by two loving parents. I chose this book because I felt that it would be good for young children to see that adoption is just as normal as a biological family. This book tells the story of how her family went and got her from another country and how they prepared for her.
Feb 16, 2010 Esther rated it really liked it
An unamed girl explains there are lots of different types of families and how her family was formed by adoption. Even though the main character does not look like her parents, she gives details on how she is still like her parents in other ways. Such as she is a good cook like her dad and a wonderful dancer like her mom. The girl sometimes wonders about her birthparents and how she is like them. She states she knows one thing for sure that is they wanted her to have a family to love and she has ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
My Family is Forever / Carlson, Nancy. / 2004

Genre: Fiction

Format: Picture Book – print

Plot summary:
A young Asian girl tells the story of how she came to be part of an adoptive family.

Review citation:
PreS-Gr 2-A young girl introduces herself to readers: "My family was formed by adoption, so I look just like- me!" She goes on to tell the story of her move from an undisclosed Asian country. She describes her experiences with her family, the activities she enjoys,
Natalie Strong
Feb 02, 2016 Natalie Strong rated it it was amazing
My Family is Forever by Nancy Carlson serves a comprehensive reading tool in which adoption and nontraditional families are discussed. The story begins by displaying the manner in which the young girl was adopted and how their family began to form. The young girl emphasizes throughout the story that although she doesn’t necessarily belong to a “conventional” family, her family still embodies the values each family holds. She emphasizes the strong relationship she has with her parents as well as ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Tavia rated it it was amazing
This book was simply amazing! My Family is Forever, by Nancy Carlson is a book about a little girl who shows that although she may not look like her mother and father, they are her family. She tells her story of how she came from a far away land just to be with her new family. She shows how her and her family prepared for her welcome, how she got to me her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She also talks about all the different things that her family likes to do. Sometimes she thinks of ...more
Molly Finnerty
Jun 29, 2015 Molly Finnerty added it
Shelves: family
Not all families are alike. Families come in all different shapes and sizes, colors and forms. Some children are born into their families, other children are adopted into families. "My Family is Forever" tells the story of a little girl who was adopted by her parents. She knows she looks different from her parents but she understands that is okay. Her best friend Jeffrey got his father's ears but she got her good cooking skills from her dad and her dance moves from her mom! Nancy Carlson's book ...more
May 01, 2010 Brooke rated it it was ok
From School Library Journal
"A young girl introduces herself to readers: "My family was formed by adoption, so I look just like… me!" She goes on to tell the story of her move from an undisclosed Asian country. She describes her experiences with her family, the activities she enjoys, and her thoughts about her birth parents. In the end, she says that wherever she goes she will always have her family by her side.

Theme: Adoption

Curricular Use: Probably wouldn't use

Level: preK-2

Oct 30, 2008 Liane rated it liked it
Shelves: sharon
Genre: Realistic picture book

Reading Level: Early

Topics & Themes: Families. International adoption.

Curricular Use: Read aloud or independent reading

Social: Family differences adopted child is Asian and adopted by an American family. Stereotypes of Asians in the illustrations.

Literary Elements: Imaginative. Tone of togetherness. Straightforward text.

Text & Pictures: Pictures on majority of page space and are the main focus. Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures show the differences b
Carly Brown
My Nomination For Sharon's Award

Level: early

Genre: picture book

topics: international adoption, family

curricular use: guided or independent (introduce the topic)

social: family differences, looking different adoption, stereo-type of asian looks (slanted eyes)

literary elements: imagination: baby in a spaceship, tone of togetherness and sense of familial love, straightforward text

Strong: interaction between pictures and text: picture on majority of page mean focus, pictures show differences
Oct 01, 2008 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
This is a picture book that deals with the issue of adoption. The girl in this book loves her family. She wonders about her birth mother also. My Family is Forever would be a good book for a emergent reader. The words in this book are easy and the sentences on the pages are short. It would also be a good choice for an independent reading. The pictures in My Family is Forever interact with the written words on the pages.
Mecca Morrison
Oct 02, 2013 Mecca Morrison rated it liked it
The theme of this book is a family that was formed by adoption. It is a great way to explain to children that it is okay to be adopted. You may look different from your family but you are still loved by them. The age range for this book would be about kindergarden to first grade. I liked this book and would read it to any child because it is important for everyone to understand that some people are adopted and live with parents that aren’t their biological parents.
Mairead Lawyer
Apr 22, 2013 Mairead Lawyer marked it as to-read
My Family is Forever” discusses a young girls experience moving from Asia to adoptive family. She embraces the fact that even though she does not look like her parents, she still loves them and enjoys activities like cooking and dancing with her parents. Although she sometimes wonders about her birth parents, she is so happy to be a part of this loving and supportive family.
Mar 24, 2012 Mariela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
A wonderful book from the perspective of an adopted child who is welcomed into a new family. She explains how families are formed in different ways and not all families look alike. Her family loves her in good times and in bad times, and is always by her side. The book expresses the idea that what makes a family is the love and support that they give you forever.
Monique Mcdonald
This book is about a young adopted girl who talks about the differences in a family, she tells how family members don’t always look the same and how they are different. Great introduction to kids who need to be opened up to this blended family.
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Great adoption story.
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