Saturday, December 29, 2007

Welcome Home, Forever Child by Christine Mitchell

I have been so honored to be able to review so many adoption-related books these past few months.  Not only is adoption a topic that is very near and dear to my heart, but it's also very important to me to help spread the word about adoption to those who aren't familiar or well-informed, and to share the many resources that are available to us as adoptive families.

The book Welcome Home, Forever Child is a wonderful children's book!  This one is different from the children's books I've reviewed in the past, as this one is written particularly for children who are NOT adopted as infants.  There is a whole different set of issues and questions that go along with a child who is adopted at an older age.  They may remember experiences shared with birth and/or foster families, and have questions about how long they will be with their "new" family. 

If you've adopted a toddler, preschooler, or older child, then this book is a MUST for your family!  Author Christine Mitchell shares a story of love and the meaning of adoption in rhyming words that children will love to hear and easily understand.  It will help create a bond with adoptive parents, and explain to the child what "forever" means. 

The illustrations are so sweet.  The author has used cats as the characters in the story.  I love this because it makes the book appropriate for any type of adoptive situation- transracial, etc.  The  book starts out by talking about all the important milestones that may have been missed by the adoptive parents, but goes on to primarily focus on all the "firsts" that are to come, with a promise of being there to share in them.  I am sure this book will be one that you will read over and over again with your child(ren). 

Sample illustrations from the  book are available on the website.  Also available are greeting cards, based on the book-  there are "Congratulations on Your Adoption" cards for families and "Happy Adoption Day" cards for children.  I received some of these cards and am so anxious to use them!  It's hard to find appropriate adoption-related greeting cards, so I'm very excited about these!

This book is available at, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, along with other online sources (listed on the website). 

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