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I'm adopted!
2011
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Shelley Rotner is the award-winning author and photo-illustrator of more than thirty books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.<br> <br> Sheila M. Kelly is a clinical psychologist who practiced for thirty years in western Massachusetts. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she currently lives in Austin, Texas.
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Large, casual photographs of contemporary children, sometimes alone but mostly with their adoptive families, dominate this clear and reassuring introduction to the topic of adoption. Rotner and Kelly, who previously collaborated on Shades of People (2009), use minimal, pared-down text to describe common adoption scenarios ("When people are unable to make a baby, or choose not to, they can adopt one") and address situations that might have led to a child being put up for adoption, such as when parents are unable to care for a child due to youth, poverty, illness, or war. Both the prose and the photographs, which show ethnically diverse families (as well as same-sex parents), create a solid sense of community, emphasizing to readers that many children are adopted and, more importantly, that "children are happy in their families, no matter where they were born... when they know they are cared for and loved." For parents and adoptive children just beginning to have conversations about how they came to be a family, it's a good starting point. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Rotner's experience as a photojournalist is evident in her excellent compositions and vibrant images of children playing, laughing, and smiling with their new adoptive families. The simple text explains why adoptions take place and addresses the questions that adoptees often ask, such as why their birth mothers could not keep them. The language is nonjudgmental and empathetic. The book's opening statement, "Children can bring joy to a family," sets an upbeat tone that continues throughout. The authors acknowledge that every adoption is unique, and that they chose "to depict the most common adoption stories" in this book. It tries to help adopted children understand what adoption is and see that "lots of children are adopted." It also offers an excellent introduction to this topic for all young children. Todd Parr's We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families (Little, Brown, 2007) is aimed at toddlers, while Motherbridge of Love (Barefoot, 2007) and Steven L. Layne's Over Land and Sea: A Story of International Adoption (Pelican, 2005) are lovely and lyrical, but not informational. I'm Adopted! is a good purchase for most libraries, and especially for those where there is strong demand for books on the subject.-Deborah Vose, East Middle School and South Middle School, Braintree, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

With beautiful, close-up color photos of loving families on every page, this joyful celebration of adoption also addresses the questions many adopted children want to talk about, including the sadness they may feel that their birth mothers could not keep them ( Sometimes a mother is unable to care for her child ), especially as they learn about the reasons why, which could include poverty, sickness, or war. The text points out that while children may come from this country, others were born far away, and families often visit the places where their adopted children were born. The crisp, well-reproduced pictures include multiracial families, gay and lesbian parents, single parents, only children, and siblings having fun together. Kelly is a psychologist, and the young-child-friendly scenarios provide opportunities for discussion. Kids will want to talk about all the big issues, starting with those in their own families.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Horn Book Review

"Most children want to hear the story of how they came to their families." A simple, conversational text and loads of colorful, engaging photos broadly cover how and why families are formed through adoption. The authors approach the subject in very general terms, depicting "the most typical adoption stories" and allowing young children the freedom to impose their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the discussion. While most of the book is positive and upbeat, four pages pause to address some basic reasons why birth mothers make adoption plans for their babies (e.g., poverty; age of birth mother; war) and acknowledge that most adopted kids have questions about the loss inherent in all adoptions. The friendly third-person text, which incorporates purported quotes from kids ("I'm not the same shade as my mother"), introduces transracial, international, and domestic adoption. The text doesn't specifically mention single- and same-sex adoptive parents, but the photos of doting adults and happy children include those families as well. Young children touched by adoption -- whether they are adoptees themselves or they're dealing with the arrival of a new sibling...or both -- will find the straightforward discussion reassuring and easy to understand. kitty flynn (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Kirkus Review

This introduction to adoption for very young children stands out in its clear, accessible approach to a topic that many adults may still find difficult to address, despite increasing societal openness.Engaging, full-color photos portray kids and parents of varying ethnicities and families of varying compositions. The process of adoption is explained in simple language that children understand: "Parents who want to adopt get help to find just the right child. . . "; "Sometimes adopted children look different from the other members of their families." Presenting adoption as an intentional decision, rather than only as a second-choice option for people who can't conceive biologically, is refreshing, as are the sensitive acknowledgement of a birthmother's possible sadness and the honest discussion of reasons why an adoption plan might be made. Unfortunately, birth fathers aren't mentioned at all, possibly leaving children to wonder about the existence of such a person. Both domestic and international adoption are addressed, making this suitable for all kinds of adoptive families. The photo albumlike design, with pictures covering most of the page, a clean white background and a brief text in a large typeface, adds to the appeal.A valuable resource to help explain their backgrounds to adopted children or to introduce the concept to anyone wondering about adoption. (Informational picture book. 4-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Why was I adopted? What was it like where I was born? How did you find me?<br> <br> Children have many questions about adoption. With a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.
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