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Made in China by Vanita Oelschlager
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Jun 12, 10

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Read in June, 2010

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Personal Response: This was a powerful and poignant story of a young girl trying to make sense of her difference within her own family. The imagery and language were beautiful, and I was touched by the very appropriate and loving way her father explained her adoption.

Evaluation: Oleschlager immediately sets up the conflict and moves the plot at a quick pace young children will appreciate. Each page conveys the girl’s building tension and worry, ultimately leading to a pleasing outcome. The style of writing is appropriate for young children, using familiar words and a lyrical, rhyming quality. The illustrations also contribute to the sense of movement toward the story’s climax. Bold, vibrant colors and thick, black outlines represent action as well as the girl’s increasing worry. The endpapers are also appropriate, showing photographs of Chinese children, with spaces for the reader to add his or her picture.
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