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How I Was Adopted (Mulberry Books) [Paperback]

By Joanna Cole (Author) & Maxie Chambliss (Illustrator)
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Item description for How I Was Adopted (Mulberry Books) by Joanna Cole & Maxie Chambliss...

A young girl tells the story of how she came to be her parents' child through adoption

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Sam has a joyful story to tell, one completely her own, yet common to millions of families -- the story of how she was adopted. Most of all, it's a story about love. And in the end, Sam's story comes full circle, inviting young readers to share stories of how they were adopted.

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How I Was Adopted (Mulberry Books) by Joanna Cole & Maxie Chambliss has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 10/11/1999 page 78

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 7.7" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 1999
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  3-8
ISBN  0688170552  
ISBN13  9780688170554  
UPC  046594005953  

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More About Joanna Cole & Maxie Chambliss

Joanna Cole Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

I discovered in the fifth grade that I enjoyed explaining things and writing reports for school. I had a teacher who was a little like Ms. Frizzle. She loved her subject. Every week she had a child do an experiment in front of the room, and I always wanted to be that child. Grade school was very important to me maybe that's why I ended up writing books for children as an adult.

After graduating from college, I worked as an elementary-school teacher, a librarian, a children's book editor, and a writer. My first book was Cockroaches. An article in the Wall Street Journal inspired me to do some research. I discovered that there had never been a children's book written about cockroaches before. So I thought, why not? Plus, I had ample time to study that creature in my low-budget New York apartment!

Since then I have written both nonfiction and fiction books for children. In my science books, including The Magic School Bus books, I write about ideas, rather than just the facts. I try to ask a question, such as how do scientists guess what dinosaurs were like? Then I try to answer the question as I write the book.

Writing is hard work, but it's the greatest fun in the world.

Joanna Cole currently resides in the state of Connecticut.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( C ) > Cole, Joanna
2Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Adoption > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Adoption > Nonfiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about How I Was Adopted (Mulberry Books)?

Future Adoptive Parent  Sep 2, 2007
This was a good book, but for a slightly older child. It goes into a bit more detail than I was expecting as far as where baby's come from. It was not graphic in anyway, but would likely trigger questions that I wouldn't want to address with a young child.
Looks like the perfect adoption book for kids, but.....  Sep 21, 2006
I bought this book to help me introduce the concept of adoption to my 3 1/2 year old daughter. The story is absolutely perfect - the little girl in the story tells how she is adopted and asks the reader "were you adopted too?" My husband and I thought we found the perfect book until you get to a page which rather graphically depicts a baby coming out of a woman's womb. If you are ready to explain that to your child, it is the perfect adoption book to start with. We weren't, however, ready to go as far as explaining the uterus, and how the baby comes out, etc. It was disappointing because this book was so cute and many childern's adoption books out there feature sort of weird, outdated-looking illustrations. Both my husband and I felt that for the very young child, this book gives a little too much info.
Better than some  Jan 15, 2006
Adoption stories are so unique and individual that it is really difficult to buy a book based on someone else's experience and be able to use it to explain your own child's adoption experience. This one is better than some, in that it doesn't skirt or ignore the issue of the birthmother, however it also gets into some anatomical detail of reproduction and birth that are not necessary when providing your preschooler with the initial details of his or her adoption. Our son is 3 and we have put this away for a few years, it is definately not appropriate for him at this time.

The fact your child was adopted should not come as a shock to them at some later point in their lives, but the details and facts you give should be based on their age and stage of development. I think involving details of some mystery mother at an age before they are able to understand the biological facts of life is unnecessary.

Unless your child is ready to grasp the details of pregnancy and birth, look for another book to help explain their adoption.
Happy Customer  Oct 24, 2005
This book was as described...from a child's perspective and engages the parent to offer details of their child's adoption. I would recommend to other adoptive families to help get the conversation started at an early age.
Best adoption book I've seen  Feb 9, 2005
Of all the adoption books for young kids that I've seen, this is the one I like best. The major things I like about this book are the completeness of its coverage of the basic facts of adoption; its emphasis on the fact that every adopted child has his/her own story of "how I was adopted"; and the fact that story and illustrations are positive, upbeat, engaging and interesting. There's "lots to talk about" when you read this book to a child, and many opportunities to point out how Samantha's story is similar to, or different from, your adopted child's.

I think this book is best for children age three and up. And I think it's best to read this book to your child when you have an age-appropriate lifebook ready to share with your child, or when you're ready to create a lifebook with your child participating in the process.

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