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Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  45 reviews
This is the story of one baby’s journey from her birth parents in China, who dream of a better life for their daughter, to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world, who dream of the life they can give her.
A turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda, and some fish shepherd the baby as she floats in a basket on a moonlit, winding river into the loving arms of her new p
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 28th 2010)
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Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The most beautiful book ever about Chinese adoption. The writing is subtle, the art is stunning.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
In China, a baby girl is born and her parents aren't able to care for her:

"We have barely enough rice to feed ourselves...she should have pretty things...she should learn to read..."

So they place her in a basket and put her in the river, placing their trust in the moon that only good things will happen to their daughter, while on the other side of the world, a husband and wife yearn for a daughter.

I really wanted to love this story--the illustrations are just gorgeous. But I feel that the sto
Barrie Evans
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Parents give their children a story. It begins with, "you have always been loved."

November is National Adoption Month. Parents, family and friends are looking for storybooks they can give to the adopted children in their lives. Sweet Moon Baby: an Adoption Tale, written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, is a wonderful book meant to be read to a child too young to read on her own. It is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (ISBN: 0375857095).

If you've adopted a girl fr
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is an adoption story that takes a more fairy tale approach. In China, perfect baby is born. However, her parents don’t have enough food for themselves and worry about the future of this tiny baby. So they put trust in the moon and send their baby away down the river. On the journey, several animals help that baby. While she sleeps, she is carried by a turtle, flown high by a peacock, sheltered by a monkey, and guided by a panda. On the other side of the world, a family is waiting for a chil ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 stars for the story
5 stars for the illustrations

Spoilers: This is a lovingly told adoption story with a fanciful twist. A baby girl is born on a summer night in China. Her parents love her, but believe she should have a better life than the one they can give her. So, they set her adrift in a basket on the river. Along the way, she is cared for by various animals who help her on her journey. Meanwhile, a couple on the other side of the world want a daughter. One night, the moon leads them to fi
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love with Patrice Barton's illustrations. This is the sweetest baby I have ever seen, hands down. If I knew a family who had adopted a baby girl from China, I would buy one copy of this book for them, and a second copy so I could cut the pages out and frame them for their nursery walls. They're that gorgeous.

A perfect baby girl is born in China to parents who dream of more for her than they can provide. So with both happiness and sadness, they set her afloat in a baske
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Opening and Synopsis –

“On a summer night in China, a baby girl was born. She was perfect.”

A little girl was born on a summer’s night in China. Her parents were poor and they wanted her to have so many things that they couldn’t give her. The little girl’s parents made the decision to set their little girl sailing in a basket and they trusted that “only good things will happen” to her. The little girl goes on a long but peaceful journey. On the other side of the world a husband and wife wait for
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that struck me about Sweet Moon Baby is the beautiful illustrations. They are enchanting and whimsical in water color. Patrice Barton has amazing talent. She worked on them for the author, Karen Henry Clark who adopted a child from China and had no story to tell her about her young infant life before she came to America. Clark uses prose to tell the tale of a family in China who doesn't have enough food to feed their baby and want to give it a better life.

In the mean time, anoth
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A family in China barely has enough food to feed themselves so they send their new baby girl off in a basket on the river. The moon guides the baby’s basket to safety. On the other side of the world, a man and a woman prepare their house for a new baby. The two follow the moon’s glow to find the baby in the river.

“One summer night in China a baby girl was born. She was perfect.

‘We have barely enough rice to feed ourselves,’ the father said.

‘She should have pretty things,’ the mother said.

‘She sh
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is such an adorable story about the adoption of a sweet little girl and the parents who have longed to have her in their family. This is not an in-depth story about adoption, but a beautiful, heart warming story about the journey of a baby girl born in China, and her whimsical journey to her new home. The illustrations are absolutely amazing! They capture the feeling of this story perfectly. The story's prose and the beautiful illustrations make this the perfect bedtime book for young reade ...more
Brenna Call
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fairy tale type story about a little chinese girl who was adopted by an american couple. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. It's been quite some time since I've enjoyed illustrations so much. I also liked the story but it's definitely a fairy tale and not for those looking for a realistic story about adoption. Overall it was a joy to read.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review: I don’t know if you can fall in love with a book but I did when I first read Sweet Moon Baby. Sweet Moon Baby An Adoption Tale written by Karen Henry Clark is a story of love, hope and faith. This story is about two couples, one who could barely afford to feed themselves and their new born child and the other who wants a baby. As they await the arrival of their baby girl from China, they set about preparing for her by planting a fruit tree to building a house with a room just for her. ...more
Dorine White
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an absolutely adorable picture book that tells the story of a baby girl who is born in China. Her parents want the best for her, and trust the moon to find it. On the other side of the world is a couple praying for a baby. They follow the moon across the world and find their new baby daughter waiting for them.

First the story- it is an imaginative tale where the baby floats down the river sound asleep, drifting to her new parents. Along the way a turtle, peacock, monkey, panda and fish he
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mc-adoption
Appropriate for grades prek-1. The Chinese parents give their baby girl up for adoption because they couldn't feed her, so they send her down a river to find a better home. Along the way animals take care of her until she ever so perfectly meets up with the American parents that are anxiously awaiting for her arrival. The story line is just not realistic and would be misleading to young children about the adoption process. The most realistic part is showing how the family prepares and waits and ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adoptive parents, teachers, children
Recommended to Relyn by: found at my library
Shelves: lawsonland
I loved this sweet and tender book. The illustrations were marvelous, as well. Each year I have at least one student who is adopted or waiting to be adopted. They always love, enjoy, and appreciate books about adoption. It helps them tell their story to their peers. The books seem to make them feel as though someone else understands. This book is a tender look at adoption using a myth created by the parents. To use it in class, we would have to discuss that of course, no parent really put their ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Four stars because the artwork alone just made me fall in love with this! This is an adoption story that doesn't try to be "real". It's told in very much a fairytale paradigm, with gentle, lyrical language. A little girl in China is sent off in a basket into the wide world. A couple far away is wishing and waiting for a baby girl that hasn't come.

It's . . . a good story, but parents who want to address the real issue of adoption with their child may find it way too fantastical to be helpful with
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Illustrations get an A+++...they were gorgeous.

The storyline, not so much. In the story, the parents are poor so they put the little girl in a basket and set her afloat on the river. The animals and birds take care of her until her searching adoptive parents find her just as she awakes after floating a long way down the river.

I understand that this is supposed to be a whimsical and fun story, but to me it just seems scary. I don't think it would help a young child understand adoption at all.
Carol Lozier
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Sweet Moon Baby" is a lovely, poetic adoption tale written by Karen Henry Clark. The book gently introduces the concepts of adoption to young children, from preschool age through Kindergarten, giving parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s own adoption story. "Sweet Moon Baby" is written in a style that I prefer for young children with succinct wording and repetitive sweet-sounding phrases. I recommend every family have a copy of "Sweet Moon Baby" for their young child.
Cathy Blackler
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
The illustrations make this charming story exquisite. A tale of adoption, the story chronicles the journey of a young baby from one family who loves her enough to let her go, to another family who searches for her until she is found. With fairy tale elements infused in an otherwise routine tale, the author has created a beautiful story.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Such a sweet story about a baby girl being adopted and both sets of her parents being happy and sad at the same time, one because they couldn't care for her and the other because they were waiting for her but she hadn't come.
Ben Truong
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale is a children's picture book written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, which tells the tale of a journey of a baby child's journey from her birth parents in China, who dreams of the life her new family could give her to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world.

Clark's text is simplistic, lyrical, and poetic, which flowed rather well, like a lullaby. Barton's illustrations are beautifully with textures of gentle-hues that gives th
Sara Easterly
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This poignant picture book tells a mystical adoption tale that begins, “On a summer night in China, a baby girl was born. She was perfect.”

Her poverty-stricken parents, though, realize they can’t provide for her. “‘We barely have enough rice to feed ourselves,'” and “‘She should learn to read,'” the father says.

Then, authentically capturing the birth parents’ mixed feelings, the text reads, “They were happy and sad at the same time.”

And so, the parents trust the moon to look out for their daught
Amanda Walz
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Hannah Groeschen
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a fantastical tale of how a little Chinese girl traveled on the river from her birth parents in China to her adopted parents on the other side of the world. The pictures in this book were stunning. I loved the way the water seemed to move across the page.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Owen & Hannah
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful, thoughtfully written story about adoption.
Amory Blaine
A beautiful, dreamy little book about a baby girl adopted from China.

Of the handful of adoption picture books I've read, this may be my favorite. The illustrations are gorgeous and the storytelling is fairly solid. It's not a realistic retelling of the adoption process, but a symbolic journey from one loving couple (the girl's biological parents, presented as caring but ill-equipped) to the next (her adoptive parents, who have been preparing for her arrival since before they knew she existed). O
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
This sweet little picturebook is all about a little baby girl making her way from her birth parents, all the way to her adopted parents. It follows her journey and the animals that enable her to make this trip possible.

The illustrations in this picturebook are very soft and gentle- which goes along quite nicely with the story. They are done in watercolor and accent and enhance the text to make the story even better.

I found this book to be very thought-provoking and yet quite simple. The story is
Sandy Brehl
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a whimsical tale of adoption this story is lyrical and the illustrations strike a similarly gentle and dreamlike note. The magical quality is charming. It also leaves me with reservations about young readers, especially those with whom their personal adoption stories have been openly shared. Separating reality from fantasy can be a developmental challenge and could cause confusions. The love and security conveyed are undeniable.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
On the one hand, this is a very sweet book. On the other hand, I found it very disturbing. The poor baby's parents simply abandon her in a basket, floating down the river -- eek! why couldn't they have been shown taking her to an adoption agency if they loved her so much? I think this book might be rather upsetting to a child who's been adopted.
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Karen Henry Clark wrote her first story when she was four years old by dictating the tale of a runaway popcorn ball to her father. From that moment on, she wanted to become an author. It took longer than she anticipated, as do most things in life. "Sweet Moon Baby" is her first book. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she loves to watch the moon rise over the Mississippi, a wide and wonderful ...more

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