Item description for Adopted and Loved Forever by Annetta Dellinger...
Overview Adopted and Loved Forever assures young adopted children that, just as God chooses them to be His children, their parents chose them specially, love them very much, and will never leave them. This book reinforces that message by using the voice of a young child to give positive, Christian explanations of many concepts that are confusing to young adopted children.
Community Description Adopted and Loved Forever assures young adopted children that, just as God chooses them to be His children, their parents chose them specially, love them very much, and will never leave them. This book reinforces that message by using the voice of a young child to give positive, Christian explanations of many concepts that are confusing to young adopted children. It explains to adopted children:
* why and how they are adopted
* why, even though their natural parents brought them into this world, their adoptive parents are Mom and Dad
* why it's okay that they do not look like Mom or Dad
* and why adoption is forever--no matter what happens!
Scriptural references are included as well as a mention of Esther, who was adopted by Mordecai. This book offers support for parents who want to discuss adoption with their children. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.
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Studio: Concordia Publishing House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.77" Width: 6.85" Height: 0.33" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1992
Publisher Concordia Publishing House
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0570041678 ISBN13 9780570041672
Reviews - What do customers think about Adopted and Loved Forever?
Quite possibly the worst children's adoption book EVER Dec 24, 2006
Please do your children (or future children) a favor and do NOT buy this book. I doubt the author ever even knew an adoptee.
Great Christian adoption book Mar 4, 2003
This is the first Christian adoption book that I have found, and I think that it is a wonderful book. If you are not a Christian you may not like it, but I think the message is clear. God brings a child and his/her adoptive parents together, and they make a family, and the child is loved forever. I am going to cherish this book for a long time, as my daughter from China is only 2 years old right now. I know when she is old enough to sit down and listen to a book of this length (good for kids ages 4-8, I'd say), then I know she will love it too. I don't think the book is outdated, and I am not offended by any terminology in it. I read the book to my 4 year old "natural" daughter, and she liked it alot. She understands that her little sister is adopted, and thinks that her sister will like the book someday too.
Adopted and Loved Forever Jan 9, 2003
As a student of world religions and having adopted interracially, I will not use this book about adoption with our child. The Christian overtone is strong, without discussion on acceptance of different families let alone religions. As a parent who would like to pass on the acceptance of all peoples, cultures and religions as different, not right or wrong, I would not recommend this book. A good alternative would be "Families are Different".
A good book for a strong Christain perspective of adoption Dec 12, 2000
I read the previous reviews. I disagree with most of it. I do agree that some of the terminology is a little out dated. I do agree with the part that it does make a statement in a prayer part that says help me to show my parents how thankful I am they wanted me. I can see where that may be taken in a bad way. But I think the point is that a child can be grateful to God that He put in their parents' hearts the desire that they be their child. And that is not the same message as they should feel they owe something to their parents for having adopted them. I do not get that message at all from this book. I think the point is that it is trying to help the child see that adoption is a thing that is good and that the parents and the child can be thankful about. It also makes the analogy that we are all adopted by God. It may not be politically correct in all areas but the overall message I think is great! There's lots of room to get offended by terms for parents but I have never found kids to be so concerned about these terms. I think one statement here or there is not going to give them a feeling that they should be grateful we adopted them and be mindful of that every day. They get their feeling about adoption from us and our hearts on it. They know we feel we are the lucky ones. I think if you are afraid your kids will get that they should be grateful to have been adopted in a less than reasonable way then your problem is bigger than bad wording in a Christian kids book. And I personally am not offended by the term "natural parents" vs "birth parents". I do not think the term natural implies that adoption is not natural unless you have a chip on your shoulder. To me the distinction IS by nature vs parents by God. How hung up can we get on this stuff? I think as hung up as we are is as hung up as our kids will be. I personally want my kids to grow up not tripping over other peoples blunders on adoption terms and believing that most people really mean to be talking about adoption in the most loving terms but do not always know the lingo. Of course not, they have not experienced it. Why set your kids up to spend the rest of their lives offended all the time?
What it does do is talk about how adoption is a gift from God to the child and the parents. It talks about how an adopted child is chosen and how they can be adopted at all different ages. It talks about how we are all chosen by God and adopted into His family. It is pretty bold in talking about why kids are put up for adoption. If you have a problem with that message of adoption or you do not want your child to understand why they may have been put up for adoption then you will hate this book! But if that sounds like a good overall message (you can always can change terms that may offend you), it may be a good one for helping your kids to understand adoption in a loving and accepting way.
dated book about adoption Aug 7, 2000
I got this book to share with my children, but having read it I won't be doing so. Though our family is Christian, this book is far too fundamentalist. That in itself could be fine for some families, but I find some of the language about adoption dated, offensive, and potentially difficult for children who have been adopted. The term "natural" parents is unfortunately used. There are also lines such as "I try to show Jesus how happy I am for giving me my mom and dad by obeying them," and (in a prayer) "Help me to show my parents how much I love them for wanting me." My concern is that reading those to my children would send them a message that they should be grateful for us having adopted them. I do not consider this a suitable book about adoption.