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We Wanted You

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The loving voices of a child's parents tell the story of an adoption, from waiting to meet the baby for the first time through the growth of a family. Peter Catalanotto's vibrant illustrations form a clever and dramatic counterpoint to the text: presented as a series of family snapshots, the images run backward in time.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 1999)
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Oct 26, 2010 rated it liked it
What I particularly enjoyed about this book and what makes it unique is you see the child that has been adopted as starting college at the beginning of the book and working backwards through the years until he is a baby and telling the adoption story along the way. The book is reassuring that the boy is a most wanted and loved member of the family still even now that he is an adult. (Very nice). The watercolor illustrations are beautiful. Also, the book does mention birth parents, but this is mo ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Adults will instantly recognize this as an international adoption story, but the text is not actually specific about that. It's still very much the story of the adoptive parents, rather than the child, although the lovely illustrations feature the child even when the words are about the parents. What sets this one apart is a very nice treatment of what makes a parent: "We weren't your first father and mother. But we waited for you. We rocked you in the middle of the night and sang to you. When y ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: K-2nd
Topic: Adoption
Theme: Family love and acceptance
Curricular Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading
Reading Level: Early Readers
Literary Elements: Repetition of the phrase "we wanted you"
Illustrations: Some pictures reinforce the text, while others are not so clear.
Additional Comments: This is a good book to teach children about adoption. It is a pretty easy read that children would be able to read on their own after having it read to them once before.
Jenna Spinazzola
Oct 09, 2008 rated it liked it
genre: picture book
audience: k- 2nd
topic: adoption
theme: family love, acceptance
curricular uses: read aloud, independent reading
reading level: early readers
literary elements: repetition of the phrase "we wanted you"
illustrations: some pictures reinforce the text while others are not so clear.
thoughts: I think this book portrayed a happy family with their new internationally adopted child and how the family showed acceptance as well as their family. I liked this book.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
Parents reflect back on their boy's adoption story. They got little things ready while they waited. Two little odd things were making a quilt with pink, green, and blue and looking for him in between the clouds and the mountains. In the end, they wanted him, and they still do. Story is nice, but I don't love the pictures.
Abby Turner
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
lovely ills and sweet message
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Adoption story.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked it because the mom and the dad wanted the boy.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Simple text; beautiful illustrations. Shows boy at multiple points in his life from infant to adult.
The illustrations are a bit outdated looking now.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
As their child enters college, a mother and father reflect on his adoption, and how he came to be their child. This is a unique book on the subject of international adoption.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
great book about adoption!
Lily Ellis
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The major themes of this book are acceptance, love, and family structure.

“We Wanted You” is about parents who adopted a boy from another country when he was very young. The book is a reflection from the parents’ point of view and how much love they have for their child, even before his arrival. Throughout the story the parents say things that remind their son of how much they love him even though they were his first parents. The story is in reverse chronological order and shows the boy and his a
An adoption tale.
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Liz Rosenberg is an American poet, novelist, children's book author, and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University.

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