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Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  57 reviews
"Your baby has been born! She is wonderful. Come quickly and get her."

This is a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures that are just right for the youngest child--an ideal story to share with families everywhere.

A long-awaited baby is born, and the adoptive parents who have been dreaming of her fly far, far away to bring h
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A baby is born, and her birth mother (who is neither a devil nor a saint) can not keep her, but her true parents, on the other side of the world, dream of her arrival.

In preparation for meeting her, they pack everything small, but they hold everything big in their hearts and their bodies and on their faces.

And when they are united with their child (who is their real and true child, and not someone else's baby), they become parents, and they are as happy and as excited as two parents who ever wai
Amber Cook
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
To start, once I opened the book I was hooked because the illustrations and colors used are very vibrant. If I were to read this book in a classroom, I believe that the children would be interested in wanting to hear more because of the plot and all the activities that take place while the parents are trying to get to their new adopted baby. The characters used in the book look more like cartoons, but I feel as though you can still relate because the language and style used within the text helps ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMGOODNESS!!!! This is our story!!!! (Minus the no having other kids. We have a few of those)
Over the Moon is so beautiful, wonderful and perfect!! I don’t think I can ever read it to Elizabeth without crying tho.
Mary Helen
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is an engaging, age appropriate book about a family brought together in a loving, and inclusive way. It fits into my text set perfectly because it describes a family structure that may not be traditional but is inclusive of those who may have been adopted or experienced adoption within their family. The book is beautifully written in a way young students can understand and clearly interpret the message. Additionally, the illustrations are colorful and engaging as well as appropriate. ...more
Ben Truong
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Karen Katz, which focus on how a family is anticipating the adoption of their child. This book explores how a family prepares for their expecting child.

The text is simplistic and flowed rather well making the story a quick read. It uses such simple language to convey the excitement of the family and the anticipation that at any moment they will get a call to come and get their baby. The illustrations are beau
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-text-set
Over the moon is a fictional story that discusses children that have been adopted. This is an interesting read because the author expresses the background of one family's journey of adopting a child through pictures and text for children. As a reader, you cannot help but become wrapped up in the story due to the magical pictures that feel as if you become one with the story. Adoption is a big thing everywhere so to create a story that allows children to come to their own conclusions and understa ...more
Jomal Childers
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-text-set
It was interesting to know the book was inspired by the authors own daughter and her writing the book shows she has a personal connection to the topic. In reading the book I really enjoyed the illustrations and believe them to be spot on with the text. The book is a great read and age appropriate and does a fantastic job showing diversity. In today’s society family dynamic isn’t what it was a few decades ago and more nontraditional families are emerging. The book is great for connecting readers ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-text-set
I really enjoyed this book! I like how the title can mean either their happiness is over the moon as well as how they traveled "over the moon" to go pick up their new family addition. I also like how it shows that they will tell their child that she is adopted but they will love her no matter what. The sentence structures were short and easy to understand, and the story had a lovely overall happy tone.

The illustrations were helpful and detailed, but sometimes distracting. The story seems as thou
Erika Schissler
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-204
This book gives another story for adoption. It is good for children of all ages and would be great for families.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of adoption with stunningly colorful illustrations.
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The story of a family adopting a baby from another country. Emphasis is on how much the baby is wanted and all the people who were waiting for the baby.
Joshua Maret
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t love the illustration style, but it was a good read.
Margaret Keller
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of adoption. I love to the illustrations. I like how the book wasn’t too blatant with the idea of adoption and be great for younger kids.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This narrative is about a couple that is eagerly awaiting their baby girl that they will adopt. The couple is preparing for the arrival for their baby girl. Also, friends and family eagerly wait for the baby. They ask, “Is the baby coming soon?” Finally, they get a call that says, “Your baby has been born! She is wonderful. Come quickly and get her.” They go meet their new child and spend quality time together as a family on their first day (fed her, changed her, and bathed her). Then, they take ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Karen Katz tells her own family’s story of international adoption which begins, “Once upon a time a teeny-tiny baby was born.” On the night the baby was born, the mom and dad both dreamed of the baby surrounded by violet flowers. They pack up and fly “over the moon and through the night” to see their new baby girl.

“The door opened and there was the baby all soft and small.
At last she was in her new mommy’s and daddy’s arms.
Over the top of the blanket two tiny eyes looked up at them,
and the mommy
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Over the Moon is an adoption tale, by Karen Katz. The story is very is similar to the one Katz shares with her adopted Guatemalen daughter; about how they became a family. The Mommy and Daddy dream about their perfect baby that they will soon have, and everyone in the community longs to see the new perfect baby. Mommy and Daddy finally receive the long waited phone call, and are on their way to see their new baby girl. The story goes on to tell about all of the crazy things a new mommy and daddy ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an affirming story about international adoption, based on the author's own experience with her daughter.The author, Karen Katz who also is the illustrator of this book comes with a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures.The story is about a family who has been waiting for their baby to be born.The waiting part is very significant and even gives a beauty to this book.I can use this book for my future classroom when explaining to young stu ...more
Nov 30, 2016 added it
Over the Moon is a story about an adoption. Two parents are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the little girl that they will adopt. The book takes the readers on a journey as the parents prepare for the new addition to the family. The parents pack clothes, toys, and bottles as they get ready to fly on a plane to meet their little girl for the first time. When they meet her they are, “over the moon,” and can’t wait to bring her home.
This book does a great job telling the story of adoption. It
Jena Costin
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz is an affirming narrative describing the journey of an adoptive family’s beginnings. Through colorful, descriptive language and bright illustrations, Katz evokes excitement and inspiration as she retells her own experiences in adopting her daughter. The book sheds a positive light on the issue of adoption, a topic that is often viewed as difficult for young children to understand. It defines international adoption in a simple way that can be easily u ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
International adoption.
Mar 05, 2013 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale is a book that can help children to understand either their own adoption story or to comprehend the concept of adoption in general. Using repetitive text to broaden a the vocabulary of a 4-5 year old, this book allows for child to practice talking, a form of expressive language while also providing them with a story that supports receptive language and the recognition of new words or identification of known words. The child will strengthen their print motivation s ...more
Maria Hernandez
This book has a beautiful message and illustrations. I would recommend this book for any grade level.
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: K-3rd
Topic: International Adoption
Theme: Family love, acceptance
Curricular Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading
Reading Level: Late Early/Transitional
Literary Elements: Alliteration, fairy tale language, dialogue
Illustrations: Really reinforce the text, making this an easier read even though there is a lot of text on many of the pages.
Additional Comments: I really like the illustrations in this book and the message that it sends to children about adoption. It show
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sharon
Genre: Picture Book

Reading Level: Late early

Topics & Themes: International adoption. Acceptance.

Curricular Use: Read aloud with class discussion introducing topic.

Social: Parents anticipating and excited about international adoption.

Literary Elements: Imagery with descriptive adjectives. Alliteration. 3rd person point of view.

Text & Pictures: Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures are vibrant and fanciful. At times are overwhelming.
Pictures are realistic except for first page: Text “Once upo
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adoptive parents
Over The Moon is about a positive experience in the very first days of adoption, which isn't always the case. This isn't really a complaint about the book itself, more a heads-up. If you want to talk about an adoption journey that isn't so idlyllic, this book will probably not help you.

On the other hand, Karen Katz evokes a tremendous feeling of excitement and longing as the parents and their community wait for the new baby, whilst allowing a sense of compassion for the birth mother to enrich th
Mina Lee
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
"...A woman far away had a dream. She dreamed she saw a baby in a basket surrounded by beautiful violet flowers and birds and many colors. Her husband dreamed of the same child. He saw her beside the sea and mountains, smiling a little smile, and he knew she was the child they had been longing for."

This book is just so adorable! The illustrations are very visual as well as the text. The words of the book flow quite well together, coming together to create such a great book that children can read
Jenna Spinazzola
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
genre: picture book
topic: international adoption
audience: k - 3rd
theme: family love, caring, acceptance
curricular uses: read aloud, independent reading
reading level: late early/ transitional
literary elements: alliteration, fairy tale language, dialogue
illustrations: really reinforce the text, making this an easier read even though there is a lot of text on many of the pages.
thoughts: the pictures are interesting and very colorful. I really like this book and i would read it to my students to exp
Carly Brown
For Sharon's Award

Level: Early

Genre: Picture Book

Topics: International adoption, acceptance

Curricular Use: Read aloud (to introduce a topic)

Social: Parents anticipating and excited about international adoption

Literary Elements: Imagery with descriptive adjectives. Alliteration. 3rd person point of view.

Strong Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures are very vibrant. Sometimes they overwhelm the text.
Pictures are realistic except for first page: Text “Once upon a time a teeny-tiny baby w
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Over the Moon has a topic that deals with adoption. It is a picture book. The appropriate level for this book would be an early reader, and the book would be useful to be used for independent reading. The words on the pages are not really hard, but there are long paragraphs on some of the pages. The social issues in this book are adoption and moving in with new parents. Interaction is shown between the words being read and the pictures illustrated on the pages.
Lyndsey Hurm
This book is amazing! Karen Katz uses beautiful descriptive language throughout the book. The story is about a family who has been waiting for their baby to be born. It is great to use when talking about adoption and the different type of families that there are today. The illustrations are really great! I might also read this book to talk to student's about author's purpose. There are also a lot of quotations so I could talk about that as well.
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Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena ...more

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