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Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  238 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
"Your baby has been born! She is wonderful. Come quickly and get her."

This is a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures that are just right for the youngest child--an ideal story to share with families everywhere.

A long-awaited baby is born, and the adoptive parents who have been dreaming of her fly far, far away to bring h
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Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mary Helen
Oct 18, 2016 Mary Helen rated it really liked it
This story is an engaging, age appropriate book about a family brought together in a loving, and inclusive way. It fits into my text set perfectly because it describes a family structure that may not be traditional but is inclusive of those who may have been adopted or experienced adoption within their family. The book is beautifully written in a way young students can understand and clearly interpret the message. Additionally, the illustrations are colorful and engaging as well as appropriate. ...more
Olivia Warren
Jan 17, 2017 Olivia Warren rated it it was amazing
This heart-warming, endearing tale consists of a couple excitedly waiting for the arrival of their new-born adopted baby. With appealing illustrations and fun context this book is a fun read with a sentimental moral of all love being equal regardless of who your real birth parents are.
Diana
Oct 15, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing
This narrative is about a couple that is eagerly awaiting their baby girl that they will adopt. The couple is preparing for the arrival for their baby girl. Also, friends and family eagerly wait for the baby. They ask, “Is the baby coming soon?” Finally, they get a call that says, “Your baby has been born! She is wonderful. Come quickly and get her.” They go meet their new child and spend quality time together as a family on their first day (fed her, changed her, and bathed her). Then, they take ...more
J-Lynn
Karen Katz tells her own family’s story of international adoption which begins, “Once upon a time a teeny-tiny baby was born.” On the night the baby was born, the mom and dad both dreamed of the baby surrounded by violet flowers. They pack up and fly “over the moon and through the night” to see their new baby girl.

“The door opened and there was the baby all soft and small.
At last she was in her new mommy’s and daddy’s arms.
Over the top of the blanket two tiny eyes looked up at them,
and the mommy
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Marina
Oct 22, 2013 Marina rated it it was amazing
This is an affirming story about international adoption, based on the author's own experience with her daughter.The author, Karen Katz who also is the illustrator of this book comes with a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures.The story is about a family who has been waiting for their baby to be born.The waiting part is very significant and even gives a beauty to this book.I can use this book for my future classroom when explaining to young stu ...more
Karley
Oct 06, 2012 Karley rated it really liked it
Over the Moon is an adoption tale, by Karen Katz. The story is very is similar to the one Katz shares with her adopted Guatemalen daughter; about how they became a family. The Mommy and Daddy dream about their perfect baby that they will soon have, and everyone in the community longs to see the new perfect baby. Mommy and Daddy finally receive the long waited phone call, and are on their way to see their new baby girl. The story goes on to tell about all of the crazy things a new mommy and daddy ...more
Lea
Nov 30, 2016 Lea added it
Over the Moon is a story about an adoption. Two parents are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the little girl that they will adopt. The book takes the readers on a journey as the parents prepare for the new addition to the family. The parents pack clothes, toys, and bottles as they get ready to fly on a plane to meet their little girl for the first time. When they meet her they are, “over the moon,” and can’t wait to bring her home.
This book does a great job telling the story of adoption. It
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Tess Armel
Dec 06, 2016 Tess Armel rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully illustrated book telling a positive adoption tale. The book would be good to use to help students understand adoption. It can also be used to help those students who are adopted feel relatedness in the classroom.
Jena Costin
Jun 22, 2014 Jena Costin rated it really liked it
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz is an affirming narrative describing the journey of an adoptive family’s beginnings. Through colorful, descriptive language and bright illustrations, Katz evokes excitement and inspiration as she retells her own experiences in adopting her daughter. The book sheds a positive light on the issue of adoption, a topic that is often viewed as difficult for young children to understand. It defines international adoption in a simple way that can be easily u ...more
Libby
Mar 05, 2013 Libby is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale is a book that can help children to understand either their own adoption story or to comprehend the concept of adoption in general. Using repetitive text to broaden a the vocabulary of a 4-5 year old, this book allows for child to practice talking, a form of expressive language while also providing them with a story that supports receptive language and the recognition of new words or identification of known words. The child will strengthen their print motivation s ...more
Megan
Oct 02, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: K-3rd
Topic: International Adoption
Theme: Family love, acceptance
Curricular Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading
Reading Level: Late Early/Transitional
Literary Elements: Alliteration, fairy tale language, dialogue
Illustrations: Really reinforce the text, making this an easier read even though there is a lot of text on many of the pages.
Additional Comments: I really like the illustrations in this book and the message that it sends to children about adoption. It show
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Rachel
Jan 27, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adoptive parents
Over The Moon is about a positive experience in the very first days of adoption, which isn't always the case. This isn't really a complaint about the book itself, more a heads-up. If you want to talk about an adoption journey that isn't so idlyllic, this book will probably not help you.

On the other hand, Karen Katz evokes a tremendous feeling of excitement and longing as the parents and their community wait for the new baby, whilst allowing a sense of compassion for the birth mother to enrich th
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Mina Lee
Oct 11, 2015 Mina Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
"...A woman far away had a dream. She dreamed she saw a baby in a basket surrounded by beautiful violet flowers and birds and many colors. Her husband dreamed of the same child. He saw her beside the sea and mountains, smiling a little smile, and he knew she was the child they had been longing for."

This book is just so adorable! The illustrations are very visual as well as the text. The words of the book flow quite well together, coming together to create such a great book that children can read
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Liane
Oct 04, 2008 Liane rated it really liked it
Shelves: sharon
Genre: Picture Book

Reading Level: Late early

Topics & Themes: International adoption. Acceptance.

Curricular Use: Read aloud with class discussion introducing topic.

Social: Parents anticipating and excited about international adoption.

Literary Elements: Imagery with descriptive adjectives. Alliteration. 3rd person point of view.

Text & Pictures: Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures are vibrant and fanciful. At times are overwhelming.
Pictures are realistic except for first page: Text “
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Jenna Spinazzola
Oct 02, 2008 Jenna Spinazzola rated it really liked it
genre: picture book
topic: international adoption
audience: k - 3rd
theme: family love, caring, acceptance
curricular uses: read aloud, independent reading
reading level: late early/ transitional
literary elements: alliteration, fairy tale language, dialogue
illustrations: really reinforce the text, making this an easier read even though there is a lot of text on many of the pages.
thoughts: the pictures are interesting and very colorful. I really like this book and i would read it to my students to exp
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Carly Brown
For Sharon's Award

Level: Early

Genre: Picture Book

Topics: International adoption, acceptance

Curricular Use: Read aloud (to introduce a topic)

Social: Parents anticipating and excited about international adoption

Literary Elements: Imagery with descriptive adjectives. Alliteration. 3rd person point of view.

Strong Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures are very vibrant. Sometimes they overwhelm the text.
Pictures are realistic except for first page: Text “Once upon a time a teeny-tiny baby w
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Caitlyn
Oct 01, 2008 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
Over the Moon has a topic that deals with adoption. It is a picture book. The appropriate level for this book would be an early reader, and the book would be useful to be used for independent reading. The words on the pages are not really hard, but there are long paragraphs on some of the pages. The social issues in this book are adoption and moving in with new parents. Interaction is shown between the words being read and the pictures illustrated on the pages.
Lyndsey Hurm
This book is amazing! Karen Katz uses beautiful descriptive language throughout the book. The story is about a family who has been waiting for their baby to be born. It is great to use when talking about adoption and the different type of families that there are today. The illustrations are really great! I might also read this book to talk to student's about author's purpose. There are also a lot of quotations so I could talk about that as well.
Jennifer
Jan 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read aloud for any child that has either been adopted or may know of someone who has been. Adoption can come off as something negative depending on who is telling the story. Well in this book, Katz does a great job of illustrating the beauty of adoption which is sure to put a smile on many children's faces.
Tyana Gonzales
Dec 03, 2015 Tyana Gonzales rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It shows a family that someone might not be used to seeing or knowing about. It has a lot of the same concepts as if the couple were pregnant themselves. Wishing for a child, preparing for a child, then enjoying their child. Perfect for teaching young ones about adoption!
Sharon
Jan 12, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale is no doubt a tale about adoption that conveys to children that there a number of different types of families and that even in adopted families, there is a special amount of love. This story is great to use in correlation with a unit theme on family as well as to teach students about different types of families!
Sharon Green
Oct 04, 2008 Sharon Green rated it liked it
K-3
late early/transitional
read aloud w/discussion
fiction picture book
international adoption/acceptance
alliteration/dialogue/adjectives/text & illustration interact
colorful illustrations
parents are excited about adopting and getting baby of their own


Laura Carby
An affirming story about international adoption, based on the author's own experience with her daughter.

A magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures that are just right for the youngest child.
Gina Starling
Feb 10, 2012 Gina Starling rated it it was amazing
PK-2

A magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures that are just right for the youngest child.

An excellent book when discussing families and how everyone is different.
Jessica
May 02, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every Adoptive Family
Absolutely wonderful tale about a family's international adoption and the feelings of anticipation and joy leading up to the culmination of a beautiful forever family. Heartfelt, poignant, tear-jerking! A must have for every adoptive family.
Kelly
Rarely can you go wrong with Karen Katz. Over the Moon is a valuable addition to the canon of accessible children's literature representing international adoption. It has an important place among other texts that represent the many constellations and constructions of families.
Japonika Finch
Nov 12, 2012 Japonika Finch rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-families
This is a great book to introduce the different types of families there are. The language of the stor is very descriptive and dances off the pages. This book has a lot of direct quotes and voices throughout it.
Wendy Jones
This is such a great book! It is about a couple that is waiting for their baby that they are adopting. It is great to have books like this in your classroom so that you can explain to your students that all families are different.
Rjgolden
The tale of two parents in love and awaiting to adopt, shines a peaceful light on a big issue schools often ignore. Many individuals are adopted, and this story would be great to read to a younger crowd, to discuss such a topic. A very sweet book/story.
Nancy Vu
Apr 04, 2012 Nancy Vu rated it liked it
Shelves: ece3601, families
Beautiful tale about a couple waiiting for the baby to come. Even thought they did not conceive this child the baby will always be loved by their mom and dad. It shows us the different families there are in the world. Ages 5+.
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Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena ...more
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