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Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  35 reviews
It's Cassidy—Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy—Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to inc ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 2009)
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-adoption
The author of this book wrote this story to model off her own life showing how she and her husband adopted a baby girl from China. The story is written from the perspective of Cassidy-Li, a six year old who is preparing to do a presentation about herself for school. As Cassidy-Li makes a poster board with pictures of her life so far, we are introduced to her family and friends. I will say that I was put off that all of the Caucasian characters were obviously very different and unique, but when t ...more
Six year old Cassidy-Li has been chosen to be “Star of the Week” for her kindergarten class. She carefully chooses items to put on her poster, but runs into a problem. Cassidy-Li was adopted from China and desperately wants to include a picture of her birth parents. Her solution to this dilemma is a lesson in resiliency.

Star of the Week is inspired by the real life events of the author, Darlene Friedman, and illustrator, Roger Roth, who are also husband and wife. Friedman gently addresses the q
Michelle Pegram
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll528-adoption
Cassidy Li is the star of the week in her elementary school classroom. She is excited and nervous all at the same time as she prepares the poster about herself to share with her classmates. This sweet book is told in Cassidy Li's voice through the pictures she chooses to include on her poster. When she finishes, she realizes that something is missing - she does not have a picture of her birth parents. Adopted from China as an infant, Cassidy Li knows nothing about the parents who gave her life. ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a solidly good adoption book. Cassidy-Li was adopted as a baby from China. When it's her turn to be "star of the week" at school, she makes a poster about herself. When she realizes that she doesn't have a picture of her birth parents to include, she draws one. I really appreciate two things in particular about this book: it is the story of the adoptee (not the adoptive parents), told from her perspective and in her voice; and Cassidy-Li has questions and mixed feelings about her birth p ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Star of the Week was a beautiful read. It really touched on hat every child who has been adopted would go through. She has concerns from the beginning about how people will take her story. She loves her family but she also loves her birth parents and still understands that their a very important part of her life. So her deciding to put them in her project and add them as a part of herself was her coming to terms with her life. The genre was about adoption and this topic really isn't discussed mu ...more
Aidalys Nazario
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because it tells a story about a little girl who is adopted and wants to share her story to her class mates. It shows a concept that all families are differently formed, whether it be from birth or adoption. I feel this book will go well with 5+ year old's. The illustration is very detailed and pretty. I believe it will capture the children's attention.
J-Lynn Van Pelt
This is the first collaboration of a husband and wife team and is inspired by their own family’s international adoption story. In fact, the author and illustrator picture is one of them in China with their newly adopted baby, Eden.

The story is told by an adorable six year old girl named Cassidy-Li. It is her turn in kindergarten to be the Star of the Week which means she gets to bring in food for the class and tell them all about her life. She is a little nervous about telling people that she is
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Review:Publishers Weekly
Cassidy Li is going to be Star of the Week in her kindergarten class, and that means she gets to bring a snack (the titular brownies) and chronicle her life story on a poster. But as she reviews snapshots depicting favorite activities, pets, friends and family, she also realizes that, as a baby adopted in China, "something is missing. I don't have any photos of my birthparents." Her solution: adding a hand-drawn portrait of them to the photographic
Star of the Week is about a six year old girl Cassidy-Li, who has to present a poster to her kindergarten class about her family. Her project seems to be going well but she runs into a problem while trying to find a picture of her birth parents. She was adopted from China as a baby, so she doesn’t have any recollection or pictures of her birth parents. This narrative story would be good to use in the classroom because the author, Darlene Friedman, made sure that the main character kept in touch ...more
Allison Burke
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
This narrative is about a young girl who was chosen to be the start student in her Kindergarten classroom, and gets the opportunity to share about herself and her life as an adopted child from China. Cassidy-Li, the main character, tells about her struggles with not knowing her birthparents as well as her struggles with telling her classmates about her adoption story (ex. She explains how she doesn’t like to talk about it). As a literacy teacher, I would use this to explain to students about how ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful picture book about an adoption story. The author and illustrator are a husband/wife team, and the story is written for their adopted Chinese daughter, Eden.

It follows six-year-old Cassidy-Li's turn to be "star of the week" at school, and her preparations for her big day, including the preparation of the assignment most adoptive families dread--the all about me poster. (Many of us have had the "what to do about a baby photo" conversation at our homes). In this story, Cassidy-
Cassidy-Li is to be "star-of-the-week" in her classroom. She gets to bake a treat for her class and make a poster all about her and present it. Cassidy-Li has lots of pictures for her poster. Like the picture with her parents when they adopted her from China. And the pictures of her cousins. There's the soccer picture and the picture of piano lessons. When Cassidy-Li has put all of her pictures on her poster and decorated it the way she wants to, she still feels that something is missing. Then s ...more
Gayle Swift
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friedman and Roth have created a charming story that spotlights Cassidy's preparations for her turn to be Star of the Week. The illustrations and text capture her excitement and the many activities she completes to ready herself for her turn in the spotlight. Because Cassidy was adopted from China , she has extra facts to share that set her apart from her classmates. Friedman handles Cassidy's concerns well, in a way that reveals her struggles yet depicts her as confident and capable. The story ...more
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this new book came in, I wasn't immediately drawn to it. I find "message" books, particularly those dealing with specific situations like foreign adoptions to be tedious. This book, however, is charming, and has more appeal, as it talks about all the things that make a person special. I especially like the part where the young girl recalls how it sometimes makes her uncomfortable to talk about the adoption, but that her parents told her it was ok to tell people that it is private. I also pa ...more
Alex Fairhill
This is one of the better books I've come across in its portrayal of adopted children. The narrative focuses on Cassidy-Li's feelings and emotions about not knowing her birth parents; a situation not just limited to overseas adoptees.
It is refreshing to see that 'difference' is not the main theme of the book, unlike so many others that focus on physical looks and cultural differences.
The story is warm and engaging, and Cassidy-Li is a likeable character, making this book ideal for adopted childr
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cassidy-Li is six years old and it's her turn to be Star of the Week at school. She gets to bring in a special treat and share a poster about herself. Cassidy-Li is adopted and I really like the way the book handled Cassidy's sharing of her adoption story with her classmates. The book also touched on some of the feelings that she has about her birthparents and being adopted, so this book would be a wonderful resource for other school-age adopted children who have to do assignments regarding thei ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's Cassidy-Li's turn to be Star of the Week in her classroom. She takes readers through the story of her family as she prepares her poster about herself. She was adopted from China and she wonders about her birth parents.

The author/illustrator duo are writing from experience here which makes this story so realistic and fabulous. Cassidy-Li is a character readers can easily love. Her mixed emotions are such an important part of this book. This is a book I'd recommend to families who adopt, esp
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is paticularly good for helping a child who has been adopted to face the dreaded assignment at school: Talk about your family or make a family tree. It is a common experience for children who have been adopted to really struggle with assignments like this. The main character Cassidy-Li struggles when she doesn't have a picture of her birth family for a Family Show & Tell. With the help of her family she comes up with a solution to celebrate both of her families. ...more
Megan MacDonald
I have not come across many books about adoption, and this is a great one! The main character, Cassidy-Li is preparing for her presentation all about her for school. We are shown her birth parents, her adoptive parents, her family, and her feelings as all these things were happening in her life. This story could also be read in the beginnig of the year to encourage children to be proud of who they are no matter where they come from or what their family is like.
Leslie Zinsmeister
This book is about adoption and the little girls struggle with talking about her family for a project. The girl wants to also tell about her biological family but doesn't know much about them. Her parents show her that she can be proud of where she came from while appreciating where she is now. This is another great one to incorporate into your classroom library. You never know which of your students will relate and be touched by books in your class.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ms. Friedman presents a book on international adoption. She lost me with the addition of the "star of the week" format. Having been in a family of children who have joined our family through this type of adoption, I thought it was too weighed down with fluff that didn't focus on what it should have. I also thought too much focus was put onto the birth parents. Just a different book and there are much better ones out there.
Ashleigh Dunning
It was a nice story about a girl named Cassidy-Li who is the star of the week. She gets to share a poster about herself and bring a special treat as well. In decorating the poster she wants to include a picture of her birth parents but she does not have one. She figures out what to do.
" I think about my birth parents a lot. Sometimes I miss them. I was born to them. I am apart of them, and they are apart of me."
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, adoption
What a WONDERFUL book! As the mother of a daughter from China who is starting kindergarten, I think this book really captures the "sensitive" issues just the way they would be viewed by a child in the character's shoes. And it does so while celebrating what it means to be a loving family - no matter how families are made. Fantastic!
Oct 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This book reminded of so many of my old students. I definitely connected to the main character, for I have had many students that were adopted. So many of them at a younger age struggle with finding their place in their family, as well as learning exactly what a family is. It is a wonderful story of family, adoption, and taking pride in whom you are.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
A young girl tells the story of her adoption from Asia and life with her family as she makes her "Star of the Week" poster to share with her classroom. Colorful pencil and watercolor illustrations show her as a baby in China with her new parents, and in America with her best friends and family members. This cheerful book will especially be enjoyed by children who are adopted themselves.
Kathryn Sublett
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book would help adopted students feel comfortable and represented in the classroom. Teachers could set out books about families the first week of class to help create community through acceptance of one another. Students will be able to discover the different types of families that make up the world. This would be appropriate for students in kindergarten through second grade.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
An adopted girl, Star, finally has her turn at being the star of the week! She gets to make a poster with all of her family on it- except she has no pictures of her real parents! She overcomes this by drawing a picture of them.

Classroom: Great for cultural differences, and exploring the idea of adoption and how it's not very different from any other family.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book can be read at a range of grade levels. It is about a girl who was adopted from China and is nervous about being chosen as a star student. I like this book because it talks about feelings children may experience if they're adopted and offers them assurance.
Breanna Mcalister
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: text-set
This is a fiction children's book about adoption. This book is good to use with young children. This book tells the story of a little girl that was adopted. She is putting together a school project about her family and is looking for a picture of her birth parents.
Lizet Serrano
This book would be great to introduce adoption whether if it's to one child or a classroom full. Not only does it focus on adoption, but it also states the love the young girl has for the people in her life. It acknowledges that there are families of all types.
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