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A First Look at Adoption: My Parents Picked Me

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Children are sometimes upset to discover that they have been adopted. This book helps them understand how lucky they are to have to have loving, adoptive parentsand how lucky their parents are to have them! A First Look At is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children. Each title explores emotional issues and discusses the questions such difficulties ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Hachette Children's Books (first published May 1st 2003)
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Much of this book is really good, but the handful of problematic sentences make it hard to recommend. First the good: the book speaks clearly and directly to children, there is respect for all members of the adoption triad, the challenges of and complicated feelings around adoption are acknowledged, and the illustrations are cheerful and engaging, and feature a diverse range of characters. (Characters are diverse in terms of age, skin color, and cultural dress, but they are all able-bodied.)

An excellent book for 5-8 year olds. My daughters loved it and read it many times. It explains the process of modern adoption very well.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the most unique book that I chose, rather than it focusing on celebrating and getting excited about the act of adoption, it focuses on how the child who was adopted may feel. It explores the ideas that adopted children may be scared, nervous, confused, and questionable about where they came from and where they are going.

The illustrations in this book appear very outdated (which makes sense since the book is older). They almost seem to be filled in with colored pencils. The illustrations
Mina Lee
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption
"both...sets of parents have given you something special"

This book focuses on the importance of helping a child through the confusion they may feel once they are told that they were adopted. It helps the child understand that they are loved, not matter what and that their former parents may have had unfortunate circumstances where they couldn't take care of them. I believe that it is important for there to be multiple books like this out there. The language used in the book is simplified so
My thesis project is a support group for adoptive families using literacy. The main goal is to strengthen and encourage positive attachment and identity. These are possible books to be used for the group and ones that I want to own for my own children someday, too.

This book is a little dry and on the non-fiction infomational side. The pictures are cute. It does cover foster families and older children being adopted which is good. I like the ideas and suggestions on how to use the book at the end
Jodi Young
Family dynamics, adoption, differences, and self-identity are all good ways to use this book in the classroom.
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There is more than one Pat Thomas in the Goodreads catalog. This entry focuses on Pat^Thomas, children's author.

Pat is a trained psychotherapist, naturopath and journalist. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of child development and writes for various publications including 'Practical Parenting'.