Since school is starting soon, I thought it appropriate to bring up a children's book, What is Adoption? Helping Non-adopted Children Understand Adoption, as an excellent resource for adoptive families. We found this book to be very helpful in helping to educate young friends.
When my daughter was a little girl, she had a good friend named Caleb. He and his family had been around our family for several years. When they were in about the third grade, he started making observations about our family. He told my daughter on several occasions that because the boys were adopted, she doesn't have any "real" brothers. I overheard these comments and asked him if since the boys aren't real brothers, if I was their fake mom. He said, "Well, yeah. Kinda."
At the time, I didn't know how to address this with him. I then received the book What is Adoption? for review. I asked Caleb to read it and asked if he wouldn't mind submitting his own quick review.
After spending several minutes reading, he brought the book back to my desk. "Caleb," I asked. "Has this book changed your mind and feelings on what a real family is and that Jordan's brothers are her brothers?"
His eyes widened, he nodded his head, and simply said, "Yeah."
He then handed me a note with his review that read:
"A great book to learn about friends who are adopted."
How can I give a stronger, more positive review than that?
Cover Art for What is Adoption? Helping non-adopted children understand adoption courtesy of Wisdom Press.