Rosie's Family: An Adoption Story
by Lori Rosove; pictures by Heather BurrillAsia Press; $7.95Byline: Lori Rosove
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Rosie, a 7-year-old beagle, was adopted by schnauzers. She looks different from her parents and her younger brother. Rosie expresses many of the feelings and concerns that children typically have ("What was I like when you first brought me home?" "Are you my real parents?" "Do I really belong here?"), and gets clear and reassuring answers from her parents.
More broadly, the book is about belonging in a family, despite differences. My kids, ages 7 and 4, adore this book. Rosie has helped them learn to value differences—and underlying similarities. When we get to the end of the reading, they always shout out Rosie's final discovery: "All families are the same because they love us and take good care of us." My children now have a greater understanding about adoption and about what friends and family members who were adopted may be feeling.
Rosie's Family is the perfect book to give to friends and relatives to help them explain adoption to their children. The colorful illustrations of Rosie and her family, her neighborhood, and friends who also live with different types of families will keep children entertained and interested. And at the end of the book, author Rosove provides two pages of "Notes for Parents" to help them discuss adoption with their children. This is an excellent book to use to begin discussions on adoption with preschool and school-age children. I sent a copy to my daughter's first-grade teacher last year on the first day of school.
Reviewed by Brenlea Finkelstein, a mother of two girls, who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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