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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

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This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author's own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: adoption
As an adoptive parent, I am always on the search books to help reinforce or validate my children's experience with adoption.

My daughter loved the illustrations, and could really connect with the story as it was similar to her own in many ways.
Although we are a 2 parent family, I was pleased to find this story shared from a single adoptive mother's view, as that is so rarely the case with adoption books.

I would note a word of caution to those anticipating sharing it with your adopted child, howev
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Ages 3-6.

I wanted to like this one more than I did. I don't think I would use this as a read-aloud in a classroom. The pictures are sweet, very beautiful. The concept is one that is often over looked, one of adoption.

But the book is written as a mother talking to her baby, and it's almost too personal to be generalized. Although I was reading to a seven year old, several times she would say, "Me?" after I read from the book, because it references "I" as the mother and "you" to refer to the bab
Cassidy Goddard
I love you Like Crazy Cakes is a biography written by Rose Lewis. The story is illustrated by Jane Dyer. This book is written as a biography about the author Rose Lewis. Although the story is a biography about her life, it is written also as if it is a fairy tale. In the beginning of the story she starts off by saying "Once upon a time". This story is about a mother in America who is wanting to adopt a baby, and her journey through adoption in China. She writes about the paperwork process, going ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author, Rose Lewis, tells her own story of adopting her baby girl from China. She starts off by telling the reader that there once was a little girl who was missing something and there was also a woman who was missing something. We find out a little later that the woman is the author herself and the little girl is her soon to be daughter. The book is actually a letter written to her baby girl. How cool! We follow Lewis as she embarks on her trip to pick up her little girl from China an
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Adopting a child is a hopeful and exciting time in a new parent’s life. This book is told from the perspective of a mother explaining her story to her new baby girl. She tells about the “big room” in China where her baby was kept with numerous other baby girls in shared cribs. All of them were taken care of by nannies but were missing what they really needed. She tells her daughter of their first few days together and about the excitement from friends and family when they returned home. Perhaps ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adoption
This was one of the first children's adoption books that we bought. And still my favourite. Lovely illustrations and heartwarming text. I defy to get to the end of this book without crying!
Kennedy Braun
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book follows a mother’s journey to adopt her daughter from China. It explains the adoption process in very simple terms. The book is from the mother’s point of view as she fills out the adoption paperwork, flies to China and then takes her new baby home. This sweet story fills your heart with love and is a reminder that all families are different.

Adoption and culture are the major themes in this book.

My mother used to read this book to me as a child. She would always tell me that she would
Mary Madison
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
I thought this book was amazing. It discusses a mom who adopts her daughter from China. It is a super sweet book. I might use this book in my classroom to explain the process of adoption to my young students.
Amanda Walz
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful letter from mother to adopted child.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an absolutely adorable children's book with beautiful illustrations! Kudos to Rose for the words and to Jane Dyer for the illustrations!!
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, child-friendly book about Chinese adoption written in the second-person from a mother to her daughter. Illustrations are adorable. Couldn't manage to read this one aloud without choking up a bit!
Dave Lester
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
While the artwork in Jane Dyer's book "I love you like Crazy Cakes" is pretty standard fare although the watercolor style is nice to look at. The story by Rose Lewis involves a mother who desires a baby and travels to China to adopt. In other words, this tale's heart is in the right place. The setup is a mother explaining to the baby how she became a part of the family. The mom wanted a baby and the baby (in a room full of other infants waiting to be adopted) instinctively desired to have a mom.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes / Lewis, Rose A. Dyer, Jane. (ill.) / 2000

Genre: Fiction

Format: Picture Book – print

Plot summary:
A story based on the author’s own adoption experience. She describes how she went to China to adopt her baby daughter.

Review citation:
/* Starred Review */ Writing simply, like a love letter from parent to child, Lewis tells the true story of how she wrote to officials in China to find out if she could adopt a baby, and then went to China t
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ages 3-8

From Booklist
Ages 4-8. The title sounds sweet, but this autobiographical story of a woman journalist's trip to China to adopt a baby girl seems less fictional sentiment than reportage. In a gentle manner just right for a picture-book audience, Lewis first explains China's current adoption and placement policies for baby girls. She then goes on to write about one special Chinese baby girl who had everything but a mother, and one American woman who had everything but a baby. "How did someo
Brynn Sugarman
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I recently reread this story, and it is a beautiful book for any child's library. "I Love You Like Crazy Cakes" presents the adoptive process in a personal and touching way. At once multicultural and alternative in its approach to building a family (the narrator is a single Caucasian mother who has adopted a Chinese baby girl,)the story speaks of longing and mutual need and a perfect fit made across the oceans, not just by governmental authorities but seemingly by something deeper and far more s ...more
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This touching story of a young woman’s journey to a far-away land is compelling and worrisome, yet joyous in the end. Although we do not know the young woman’s name, or the baby’s name, we have a sense that it could be any mother and child. All that truly matters is the love of parent for a child and child’s love for a parent, supplemented by the extended family’s love through support and acceptance.
This young mother wanted a child to love for as long as she could remember and so, many miles aw
Jennifer Wardrip
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With I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES, author Rose Lewis brings to lifer her true story of adopting a baby from China. What begins as a letter to Chinese officials ends with bringing home a baby girl, to the delight of her new mother and extended family.

Jane Dyer's illustrations are soft and dreamy, and perfectly compliment the story of Rose and her daughter, Alexandra Mae-Ming Lewis. From that first time of holding her new daughter, to the first night alone
This is a sweet story of the connection made between a baby girl in China with no mother and a young American woman with no daughter. The story is told by the mother to her daughter of how the both cried when they met. They each knew then that they were destined to be together. Both were falling in love with one another. The mother describes how she took pictures and they played dress up with hats. When they flew home, they met her new American family. There were many visitors who brought her pr ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis is the winner of the Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book for Children's Illustrated (2001). It is a sweet picture book for ages nursery to primary. Such a relaxing and “cozy” book, I remember how much I loved to cuddle up with my mom as she read this to me. It is about a young mother who adopts a baby. The woman travels to China, where she meets her new daughter and immediately, the two fall in love. Such a touching book, it really tugs on those he ...more
Rachel Kenney
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Early Elementary
Reading level: 550 Lexile
Genre: Picture Book (non-fiction)
Main Characters: Mother, daughter.
Setting: Mother's home, China
POV: Mother

This story is about a true story of a single mother who adopts a baby girl from China. First, the mom writes a letter to the people in China to ask for a child to adopt. They say yes and so the mother travels to a Chinese orphanage to get her new little baby. Here she meets other babies and cries when she gets to hold her ow
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: asian-american
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes is Rose Lewis's love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter, documenting Lewis's desire for a baby, the adoption process and the journey home. The story is mostly sweet and tender, and those moods are emphasized by Jane Dyers wonderful illustrations. However I found several lines in the book to be jarringly dispruptive. One of these, the most jarring, is "How did someone make this perfect match a world away? Did the Chinese people have a special window to my soul." Ha ...more
Lauren James
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, pre-2002, prek-k
This is a cute book about adoption and the ultimate reconciliation between the birth family and the adopted family, and I'm sure it's valuable for children to have some look at their parents' view of the adoption. The illustrations are also beautiful. That said, at times I felt that the book's story was more generic than specific--this could be any adoption story (or at least any adoption story where the baby comes from China), and I wanted a better idea of how this mother and daughter, in parti ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: This book is based on the true story of the author, who adopts a baby girl from China. While reading, you follow her journey through paperwork, the flight, being in the orphanage to finally being home with her new baby.

Reading Level: 2nd-5th

Genre: Picture Book

Topic: International Adoption

Use: Independent Reading & Read Aloud

Social Issues: Adoption

Literary Terms: This book shows sequence of events perfectly. You follow the author's adoption process step by step. If one step was take
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-book
I've always heard this book mentioned, so when my friend adopted a baby girl I decided to purchase it for her. I was disappointed. The illustrations were dull and uninteresting. The text was also on the same bland level.

The book only mentions a mother. Not really a problem since there are a lot of single parent adoptions, but my friend has a hubby and he felt left out. So she fixed this by typing up some cute little text and gluing it in the book. So, issue resolved for her.

So PROS for the book:
Beth F.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlets
This was a drive-by read for me. I don’t have children so don’t find myself reading children’s books on a regular basis. However, I walked past a display of children’s books and was drawn in by the title: I Love You Like Crazy Cakes.

The book itself is a hardboard book, perfect for toddlers or young people who are still learning how to be gentle with books. This is a very touching story about a mother who flew to China to adopt a little girl and how quickly she fell in love with her upon meeting
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
I wanted to enjoy this one more than I did. It was a touching story. However, it also felt as if the reader was being forced into an invasion of the daughter's privacy as the book is essentially a letter from mother to daughter. Maybe it's made for a social media generation where every personal detail of someone's life is posted on the internet for all to see?

After that, there's some disturbing sentences in the book, e.g. the infant 'pretends to sleep' just to get a break from her overwhelming
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-g-4
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis is a lovely and loving book of adoption, beautifully illustrated by Jane Dyer. "This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author's own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home"
Age Range: 3 - 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Lexile Measure: 550L
May 01, 2010 rated it liked it
From Review
"Mother-love is profound, however a baby comes into a woman's life. For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the "big room with lots of other babies." The infants in that room in China are each missing a mother, but Lewis is missing something, too--a baby. She travels to China to meet her new little girl and falls head over heels in love. Taking her baby home to America, Lewis introduces her to
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite children's books ever. It is the sweetest story ever. It makes me what to cry every time I read it out loud. "I held you tightly, kissed you softly, and cried. The tears were for your Chinese mother, who could not keep you. I wanted her to know we would always remember her. And I hoped somehow she knew you were safe and happy in the world." Just simply beautiful. The illustrations also add whole another level to the portrayal of the book. Everyone should have this chi ...more
Sep 29, 2008 rated it liked it
I think these books by Lewis are sweet and the pictures beautiful but they don't seem very applicable to many others. The text is very specfic to the author's and her daughter's story and experience of adoption. It will be most applicable to other families who have adopted from a Chinese orphanage. This book also hightlights a single woman adopting which is a family type you don't see in most of the adoptive picture books. I may use this book to help strengthen and validate adoption identity and ...more
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