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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.
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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