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Why Did You Choose Me?

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Most adoptive and foster children struggle at some point in their life with knowing who they are and where they belong. They want to ask questions, and parents need to be prepared with an answer that helps their child feel loved and secure.

After searching for adoption storybooks to read to her own adopted children, Katie Cruice Smith decided that there was a need for more
Published November 12th 2017 by Ambassador International
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book for those who have adopted or are planning on adopting. There aren't many books about this and I think this is a well written book for children! Highly recommend!! ...more
Daphne Self
Katie Cruice Smith's Why Did You Choose Me? was an interesting children's picture book. With an easy and flowing cadence, it expressed some of the major questions adopted children would ask a parent. These questions are posed beautifully and in a way for a child to understand his or her uniqueness.
My favorite part is actually the end of the mother's reply. It epitomizes the unconditional love a mother has for HER child.
One of the most beautiful children's story that I will recommend time and t
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc-copy, pdf
Why Did You Choose Me by Katie Cruice Smith and illustrated by Sarah Strickling Jones, is an inspiring and special book about the unconditional love a parent can have for an adopted child.
Each page is filled with charming colorful pictures with coinciding poetry text of a beautiful conversation between Mother and an adopted daughter. This is a wonderful book that will touch the heart of readers and especially the heart of adoptive parents or children.

Genre: children’s, family, adoption
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Excerpt here: https://writingsfromagodgirl.wordpres...

I loved the pictures in this book and the poetry was so cute.
I definitely feel that this book is perfect to teach children about the reasons behind adoption.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the opening of this book, a letter from the author tells us the idea for the book came from an essay she wrote while applying for a grant to raise money to help bring their third adopted child home. She says, “…many adopted children often question their identity within their family. This book is a way to lovingly and gently answer those questions…”
Soft watercolor illustrations cover the pages as heart-wrenching thoughts are contemplated by the adopted child – maybe you could have chosen a chi
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up my closest cousin (only cousin on my Mother's side) was adopted. I don't think it ever occurred to us to ask why or what that meant. It was just a thing that was. To be fair anytime the three of us (my sister, my cousin, and I) were in a tiff it was nothing for either side to retort 'I don't have to like you as you aren't my real cousin. This came from all of us and was soon forgotten as we moved onto other interests, mayhem, and tiffs. None of us ever took it seriously and we went on ...more
Carole Jarvis
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I was blessed to grow up in a home where love and security were never in doubt, almost to the point of being taken for granted. Beautifully written and illustrated by Katie Cruice Smith and Sarah Strickling Jones, Why Did You Choose Me? caused me to reflect on what my growing up years could have been like had my situation been different. This book gives voice to a child’s insecurities and questions, and also the parent’s need to communicate f
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interest Level: K-3

@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Why Did You Choose Me? is such a precious book about an adopted child asking her mom why she chose her out of all the other children. She names all the things that another child could do better such as make up their bed, or do their chores, or clean their room. In the end, the mom assures the little girl that she was chosen just for her.

This is a great book
Vernita Naylor
In today's culture, there are so many children awaiting adoption. Children are a special gift and should be treated as such. As adults, it is our job to be the leaders, heroes and the protectors of our children and their well-being. There are so many different circumstances that cause a child to be placed in the foster care system. Why Did You Choose Me? by Katie Cruice Smith offers a great set of answers to those sensitive questions that a foster child may ask. Your answers to their questions c ...more
Kendra Neal
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. The title, "Why Did You Choose Me?" really spoke to me. I am a Birth Parent who gave a Baby Boy up for adoption 28 years ago. I have always had it in the back of my mind, how do adoptive parents explain to Child "why they were chosen".

The book is a Children's book and written in a straight forward manner that kids as young as 4 would totally understand. I like that the first half of the book is written in a "child talking". The second half is
Becca-Rae Weidel
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone married to an adopted person with adopted siblings still living at home, it's near and dear to my heart to hear of new stories coming out to speak comfort to little ones in foster and adoptive care. Even prior to my relationship with my husband, foster care and adoption has been very close to my heart. With the rising number of children in the system, stories like this are very much needed. Stories like this can have a great impact on little ones, and can help them share their thought ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hubs and I have parented, co-parented, Aunt/Uncled many foster/adoptive children through the years. It’s inevitable that these children whose worlds have been upended to wonder why me? And to wonder, why is this family taking me in? Adoptive and foster children frequently struggle with feelings of abandonment and rejection, and even once they’re in a forever home they wonder, why me and not some other kid? Sometimes they try to be perfect, worried if they mess up, they’ll be sent away.

That’s why
Kathy Jackson
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My sister in law, Katie Cruice Smith wrote a childrens book about adoption. It talks about the questions a child may ask their adoptive parents. All children need reassurance from time to time from their parents. Adoptive children probably need reassurance more frequently. They may not look like their adoptive family. I think Katie did a great job covering these issues. It truly doesn't matter what the child looks like or what activities they enjoy. An adoptive parent has opened their hearts and ...more
Becky Miller
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
As a staunch supporter of adoption, I was excited for the opportunity to review Katie Cruice Smith’s, Why Did You Choose Me? The book itself, however, left me with an unsatisfied feeling. I wanted more.

Although not an adoptive parent or adoptee myself, I have witnessed first hand the depth and beauty of adoption and feel that Why Did you Choose Me failed to capture its intensity.

In defense of Smith, the book is written for children, but nevertheless, I don’t feel even adoptive children reading
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While every child feels unsure of their place in the world, adopted children have a special need to feel wanted. Smith's book does just that in a sensitive, sweet and amusing way. It reassures the child that their place in their family and their parent's hearts has nothing to do with what they can do, how they look or behave. Love can not be earned. Perfect gift for adoptive parents. Great for classrooms- as I teacher I say -Teachers, you need this for your shelf! Really anyone would benefit fro ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Adoption books are really important so that kids who have been adopted can see themselves in picture books. This book is a wonderful tribute to the fact that young children who have been adopted sometimes have questions. The book actually came out of a question posed to Katie Cruice Smith when she was adopting her third child. All kids should feel celebrated, so I definitely
Amanda  H
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent one for discussing adoption, especially with children who were adopted past the newborn stage. I love that it helps parents navigate difficult conversations with children who are adopted, through lovely illustrations and thoughtful text. With all the adopted and foster care children, there is a huge need for books like this one. I highly recommend this book for discussing adoption with your child!
I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review and i
Stephanie Teel
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book. As an adoptive mom, I struggle with finding books that explain my feelings for adoption. SO many of the books I have looked at related to adoption only seem to fit a certian "type" of adoption, this one however is fitting for whatever your situation is. I definitely reccomend it to any adoptive family!

I received an advanced copy of this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Debbie Chatley
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simple but profound message in this children’s book explaining the beauty of adoption at a kids level with beautiful illustrations that kids will enjoy. I can imagine this book bringing tears to the eyes of the adoptive mothers as they read this book to their adopted child because of its realistic but heartfelt answers. My favorite quote from the book is ‘I rather enjoy your spunkiness and when your imagination runs wild’.
Margaret Welwood
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Why did you choose me?” What an important question! And it’s one that adoptive parents would do well to consider before their children ask it. An adoptive mother of three, Smith replies to her imperfect 😊 daughter’s query with rhyme and humor. The conclusion—"It was no choice for me. From the moment that I saw you, I had found my sweet baby”—affirms her unconditional love for her child. ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just wanted to share it here. Will get a copy soon.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book has the same message only for children today. I thought the message was sweet and one that a child would understand. Adoptee's have a natural desire to know they are wanted, chosen, and special and this book does that.

I recommend this book for adopted children. It's a good way to show children they are chosen, and wanted.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in accordance with Just Read Publicity Tours. I was not required to write a review all thoughts and opin
Ambassador International
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Sep 08, 2017
Why Did You Choose Me is my diverse literature selection for this bookshelf. It is a story about a mother and her adopted daughter who is curious why her mother chooses to adopt her out of all the other children. She says her mother could have chosen someone who looked at a lot more like her. She also adds that her mother could have picked someone who didn’t make a mess, someone who was better at gymnastics, or someone who never jumps around like a monkey. Her mother says there was no choice in ...more
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful, easy to read book that explains in terms a child can understand why their adoptive parent chose them. While I do not have any adopted children ( just one natural born child) I think this would be a wonderful book for adoptive parents to keep on hand for those times when that question will come up ( it will some day). The artwork is lovely, soft watercolors and warmly drawn. A wonderful book for both adults and children.
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