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Here is a heartwarming and completely accessible story about adoption, diversity, and acceptance. Told from the point of view of a puppy who is adopted by a cat, this gentle and reassuring tale is perfect for very young readers and listeners.
 
When the puppy comes to live with his new mom, he is nervous. After all, his mom has stripes and he doesn’t. But his mom says she
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Schwartz & Wade (first published February 1st 2016)
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ElphaReads
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Here's a tip. Don't read this one at the public service desk if you don't want to be weeping and desperately trying to hide it. ...more
Kimberly
Oh my god. Just rip my heart right out of my body, why don't you?!

This is wonderful. A perfect, gentle book for talking about adoption or foster care. I like that the author uses animals instead of people, to give a little step back for kids to drawn conclusions on their own.
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Rod Brown
An adoption story in which the (single) mother and the child do not look alike. A nice jumping off point for discussion about how families come in a variety of forms . . . and that's okay. ...more
Karin
Sweet sweet story about a puppy who gets adopted by a Mama cat. Both have to get used to each other and it's not always easy. Topics covered in this books are adoption, single parent families, and diversity. I love the line, "Mom is learning how to be a mom and I'm learning how to be Mom's kid." I like that the book highlights that it isn't only the kids who has to learn in this situation.
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Garrett
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-time
There's a lot of retrospect storyline that is missing here.

WHY WAS THAT DOG LIVING WITH THAT CAT?! WHERE WAS HIS NEW DAD AND/OR NEW OTHER MOM?! ARE THEY RELATED OR IS IT JUST A STRAIGHT ADOPTION?! WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?!

But it's sweet, so who cares about background reading, right?
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Lina
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Covers older child adoption and single parent adoption. The puppy that gets adopted by the cat had never had his own room before and is sad sometimes, so this also supposes unpleasant experiences before adoption. Likely foster care adoption themes.

The drawings are cute. The topic is kept very simple.
Carolyn B
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short and sweet children's book about adoption/new family about a cat (mom) and a dog (child)

"Mom is learning how to be my mom,
and I am learning how to be Mom's kid.
We are learning how to be a family."
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Woody Chichester
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very sweet.
Lisa
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect book for young children moving to a new foster or adoptive family. The narrator is a young puppy; there is no indication of whether the puppy is male or female, but it’s too hard to write a gender-free review, so I’m going to go with she/her/hers for the purposes of this review!

The puppy has come to live with her new mom, a cat. The puppy is worried at first because she doesn’t look like her new mom. She paints stripes all over her to try to fix that, “but Mom said I didn’t nee
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Barbara
Although the characters in this picture story about adoption are a cat and a dog, the story is easily applicable to humans. The softly-colored illustrations and simple text highlight many of the fears and anxieties surrounding becoming a part of a family, and the author doesn't make the process seem to be an easy transition. As the story demonstrates, there are even times with the dog doesn't like its new mother since she insists on following certain rules. From getting used to having a bed of o ...more
orangerful
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a short little picture book, this packs a lot of emotional punch. Great for a family with an adopted child who doesn't look like them. Sweet, gentle and simple enough for a young child to understand and enjoy it. ...more
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Really cute illustrations, but it's really on a didactic book explaining adoption rather than an actual engaging story featuring adoption. I can see its function and how that's really important, but it's just not fun or interesting. ...more
Htrain
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A cute little story about adoption and families looking different but still being a family.
Anita
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It almost made me cry at work.
Roseanne
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having a sib who's adopted, and having numerous step parents, this book really resonated with me, and I'm sure with others as well. Wonderful! ...more
Jessica
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and sensitive book - and much needed for families who have adopted or fostered.
Paul
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit, family
It's pretty clear this is an adoption situation, and Galindo captures the emotions and experiences that come with such a big change. A cat adopting a dog perhaps illustrates the feeling of foreignness the child might experience. I don't know if it matters that it is a single-parent family, but that is certainly a reality today. My least-favorite line is, "But Mom promises me we'll be okay. She says that if we just try a little harder, tomorrow will be better." The best illustration is of the sma ...more
Holly
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My New Mom and Me gives me so much hope for the future of adoption, fostering, and "different" ways a family is made. This book gives such a beautiful look into a family where the child, a dog, does not look or seem like the mother, who is a cat. I love how this book uses animals to explain such a complex concept like adoption, and love despite differences. I would use this book as a read aloud for all elementary grade levels, as even in older students it can spark important discussions of what ...more
Samantha Chafin
I loved this book! This book teaches young children about diversity and acceptance. I think that this should be a mandatory read in classrooms everywhere. I believe that children need to learn at a young age that everyone is different and accepting everyone whether they have a disability, study a different religion, or are a different race. The part of the story that I found most important was that it was realistic. Children everywhere are being adopted and it's an adjustment for both the parent ...more
Heidi-Marie
Not sure how this book came to my attention, but I put it on hold. It's more related to adoption, but I think this is a great one to go with a stepmother, too. Especially my situation with my stepkids, as they came to a new home, we don't look alike, I am learning to be a mom. Even showed them cooking together which I have done with both kids.

3/25/18 We only read it with SD for a bedtime book, but she liked it. She immediately saw how it related to me. And I referred to it the next day when we
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Tina Cerami
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mom is learning how to be my mom, and I am learning how to be Mom's kid. We are learning how to be family." Theses the story of a dog that gets adopted by a cat and how they are adjusting to the situation. They don't look like each other, and sometimes the mom has to yell, but they are learning how to become family. I think this is a nice way of throwing adoption into a story, as this can be relatable to many children. ...more
Maria
As others have mentioned, this is a very sweet book that talks about adoption, acceptance, and diversity in a very simple and easy to understand way. When Momma Cat adopts (or brings home) her new baby (dog), there is a lot of uneasiness from both ends. This could also be a good book for those in foster care. Momma Cat does everything a mom is to do, and knows just what to say to make her new baby understand and feel accepted.
Jill
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I use this in a family-themed storytime. It is great for showing young kids that families come in all shapes and sizes and that you don't have to look like your parent to be loved and be part of a wonderful family. This is a story of adoption and tells the story of a child and new mom getting to know each other and learning how to be a family. It's really lovely. I would definitely recommend including it in your booklists! ...more
Alexis Bell
This book is a good book. It’s about a puppy who’s new mom is a cat. The puppy is nervous about not fitting in with everyone else, so the puppy paints strips on itself. The mom washes it off to let the puppy know that it’s ok to be different. I love the way this story is told and it would be a good book to use with children who are adopted.
Jaimie
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful way to teach about being different. It displays a different type of family. The mother is a cat and the child is a dog. This would be a wonderful story to read to someone that is adopted. It was short and sweet. When I read it in my classroom, the whole class loved it. We were able to have a great conversation about diversity.
Victoria
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my Family Storytime I want to showcase a range of different types of families. This one is great. It's about a Cat that adopts a little puppy. Becoming a family is not easy but with patience and a lot of love they learn how to be a good mom and a how to be "mom's kid." ...more
Juli
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l-307
Fantasy - 2016

Really sweet book about a cat who adopts a puppy and their journey to learning how to be a good mom and child. This book promotes family and diversity and would be a great read aloud in primary grades or for a family themed unit.
Collin A
this book takes two pets that you wouldnt always thing about putting together and making an adoption out of it. I think this is good for all kids who are adopted or not. To see that it is okay to look different than their adoptive parents, this does not mean they will love you different or any less. I want to get this book for my house.
Margaret
An amazing story about adoption and how and how young ones may think or feel going through the process of having a new parent. This story is great for young readers to learn about diversity in a family. This book would be great for a child who is gaining a sibling through adoption.
Meg
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, cats
A sweet little book to help normalize adoption for young children. LOVE that mom is a cat and kiddo is a dog. Sweet, simple, and a nice gift for families that may be feeling antsy about their new addition.
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