Friedman and Roth have created a charming story that spotlights Cassidy's preparations for her turn to be Star of the Week. The illustrations and text...moreFriedman and Roth have created a charming story that spotlights Cassidy's preparations for her turn to be Star of the Week. The illustrations and text capture her excitement and the many activities she completes to ready herself for her turn in the spotlight. Because Cassidy was adopted from China , she has extra facts to share that set her apart from her classmates. Friedman handles Cassidy's concerns well, in a way that reveals her struggles yet depicts her as confident and capable. The story will appeal to all kids who have a chance to be Star of the Day (or something similar.) It will resonate especially well with children who were adopted--whether it was international, from foster care or by private placement.(less)
Glorious illustrations make this a pleasure to view. I am troubles by the idea that the baby was simply set adrift and then floated across the world u...moreGlorious illustrations make this a pleasure to view. I am troubles by the idea that the baby was simply set adrift and then floated across the world until the adoptive parents discover her hidden in the grasses.(less)
This book is the real deal. Grace, courage and wisdom are rare commodities. Yet, Taylor Black embodies them all--PLUS a charming bit of spunk and misc...moreThis book is the real deal. Grace, courage and wisdom are rare commodities. Yet, Taylor Black embodies them all--PLUS a charming bit of spunk and mischief. Although her life was all too short, she leaves an impression that the reader will carry forever. Walk hand in hand with a gal that proves the legacy of our lives is not measured by the number of our days.Yes, the book evokes tears but it also invites the reader to ask the question, "How am I making my life count?"(less)
A Finely Honed Sense of Adoption-attunement “Adoption is a Family Affair by Patricia Irwin Johnston” is a remarkable book written with compassion, pro...moreA Finely Honed Sense of Adoption-attunement “Adoption is a Family Affair by Patricia Irwin Johnston” is a remarkable book written with compassion, professionalism and a finely honed sense of adoption-attunement. While the book is written to address the questions and knowledge gaps of the extended family and friends of an adopting family, this book has a great deal to offer adopters as well. Johnston addresses the adoption journey with such great depth, wisdom, and practicality, that it is sure to assist all who explore its pages. Adoption practice has evolved considerably in the last twenty-five years yet much of the advances in understanding and methods have not flowed down to the general consciousness of our culture. This means that adoptive families will find themselves slamming headlong into outdated beliefs and assumptions that have little understanding for the complexity that comprises the adoption journey. While their agency, adoption professional of DCF worker may prepare parents, it is essential that parents also prepare their family and friends. Parents will be wise to teach them how to be a part of the essential support system. Inform them of the unique parenting strategies that will govern your family. Help them to understand the why and how adoptive parenting differs from parenting children born and raised by the family who gave birth to them. Parents will benefit from Irwin’s excellent explanation for establishing, holding and respecting privacy boundaries. This gem of a book provides a wonderful way to educate oneself, family, and friends. Irwin is herself an adoptive parent, has been an adoption advocate for decades, and has written books that are classics of adoption literature. This book should be on every adoptive family’s shelf. The adage that “It takes a village to raise a child,” is never more true than in a family touched by adoption. They need a supportive team of committed family and friends who will understand, support and not criticize. As an adoption coach, an adoptive parent and former foster parent, I HIGHLY recommend this exceptional book. —Gayle H. Swift, author of “ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book.” (less)
Heartbreaking, honest. A mother shares her family's worst nightmare. It is both an immensely cautionary tale and a story of family commitment. This is...moreHeartbreaking, honest. A mother shares her family's worst nightmare. It is both an immensely cautionary tale and a story of family commitment. This is a book you will never forget.(less)
I bought this for my daughter who is a teacher then decided to read it myself first. I found it filled with useful snippets, easily digested. Suggest...more I bought this for my daughter who is a teacher then decided to read it myself first. I found it filled with useful snippets, easily digested. Suggested exercises helped to absorb the material.
This would be a wonderful book for the intended audience.(less)
When A Shoe Is So Much More Than Just A Shoe Black-high tops with two white stripes—imagine them being the heart’s desire for a little boy. He wants th...moreWhen A Shoe Is So Much More Than Just A Shoe Black-high tops with two white stripes—imagine them being the heart’s desire for a little boy. He wants them more than anything else in the world. All the other kids in his class have the extravagant shoes. The power of peer pressure; Jeremy dreams of getting his own pair—of being cool.
In her picture book, Those Shoes, Maribeth Boelts captures the intensity of a child’s yearning for the latest clothing fad. He’s caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. His grandma doesn’t have the money for fancy shoes, only for the necessities. This hard fact does little to quell the boy’s desire to join the crowd and strut in his own pair of high-tops. Instead, the Guidance Counselor notices that Jeremy needs new shoes. Unfortunately, the only pair Mr. Alfrey has available conjures laughter from his classmates not admiration. One child—Antonia— doesn’t join in the teasing.
Grandma and Jeremy search the thrift stores for a hand-me-down pair of high-tops. After several failed attempts, luck finally runs Jeremy’s way. They discover a pair. Jeremy crams his feet into the shoes and ignores the pain. He pretends the “too-small shoes” fit his “too-big feet.”
Jeremy has a big heart to match his big feet. He notices Antonio also needs new shoes. Jeremy also sees that his two-small high-tops would be a perfect fit for Antonio’s much smaller feet. His urge to be generous plays tug of war with his love for “Those Shoes.” Finally, Jeremy decides to give them to the to the boy.
What I liked about this story
1. It respected the intensity and genuineness of Jeremy’s feelings. The reader is drawn into Jeremy’s longing, his humiliation when the other kids laugh at him, his elation when he finds the coveted shoes, his desperation to make the “too-small shoes” fit his “too-big feet,” his conflicts and his resolution.
2. The story highlighted the blessing of having one friend who will stand with you against the crowd.
3. The story depicts multi-cultural drawings in a way that is natural. This book is not about race but it is diverse. A wide range of readers will recognize themselves in this book.
4. It shows the power one child can have to make a difference and it does it in a way that feels real, not preachy or overdone.(less)