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The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted

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My mom and I love to tell the story of how we became a family. Before I was born, my mom lived alone in our house. She loved her work and her friends, but something was missing -- me! She wanted to share her life with a child who needed a family. My mom traveled the world -- across the ocean and over the mountains -- to meet me.We love to work and play together. Sometimes ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published September 2001)
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Maggie Anderson
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about how a girl and a mother became a family. It is told from the girls's point of view and she tells a story about how her mother used to live alone but decided to adopt her. The girl talks about how she was born to her birth mother in a place across the ocean and that her adoptive mother flew over there to get her. She does mention that sometimes she wishes she had a father in the family but her grandfather and her friend's father are there to fill in that void. In the end, the g ...more
Katherine Pak
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is interesting to children, is age-appropriate.
Children can understand what is represented.
It uses realistic, convincing characters.
The illustrations are accurate in terms of setting, plot, and characters, correspond to the text.
The children are exposed to multiple perspectives and values, no negative stereotypes that they mention, the lifestyles of the characters aren't complex.
This story deals with single parents along with adopted children and parents who wants to adopt. This single
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Madi Ekholm
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
Mary Zisk has us follow her adoption story from her point of view as a child. She talks about her mom who was single and needed the perfect person in her life and thought adoption was the perfect choice. From there, it’s a fun loving story through her eyes on the acceptance she feels and how she begins to grow. November is Adoption Awareness month so I think this is one of the perfect times to read the book. You could explain what adoption means and adopted kids are equal to those that aren't.
Allison Burke
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
This memoir is about a young girl discussing with her mother about why she was adopted. The little girl explains all the reasons why to her, she has the best mom in the world. She talks about some of her struggles about not having a father, but finds that type of care in her grandfather and her friend’s dad. As a literacy teacher, I would use this story to talk about different families (ex. single moms who want to adopt, but aren’t married). Since there are so many single mothers in the world to ...more
Brooke
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Summary:
From School Library Journal
"A parent and child share in the telling of the mother's work with an agency to find "a child to adopt, to love, and take care of forever"; her trip across the sea to meet the birth mother, who "wanted the best for you, but she couldn't take care of you"; and bringing her daughter home. Although there is no father, there is a grandfather to bond with and an African-American best friend. Life is good and everyone is happy, especially the little girl, who clearly
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Kristin
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of a cross-cultural adoption and of how an adoptive mom and her little girl from "across the ocean and over the mountains" became a family. It is told from the perspective of the daughter and emphasizes the happiness each feels about the single mother's decision to adopt.

Potential Audience: Grades K-2

Genre: Picture book

Curricular Use: Independent reading

Social Issues: Adoption, cross-cultural adoption, single-parent families

Image: Colorful pictures support the text.

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Carly Brown
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
My Nominations for Kirstin's Award

Level: Early Transitional

Genre: Picture Book

Curricular Use: Read aloud, or independent reading

Topic: adoption, single parenthood, having patience

Social: Adoption, Single parenthood, pursuing what you want in life

Literary Elements: Story Telling, Dynamic Character

Strong connection between the pictures and the text

Loisiwoodzienonu
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
i enjoyed reading this book!!! I am looking forward to read some other series...( IF THEY HAVE ANY!! :p)
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Mary Zisk is a graphic designer (mostly of magazines), an author/illustrator, and an artist with a passion for capturing foreign destinations in watercolor. She is the author and illustrator of the picture book, "The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted" and the middle grade novel, "The Art of Being Remmy." Mary lives in New Jersey with her daughter and four white fluffy rescue mutts. S ...more

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