SUMMARY We Belong Together A Book About Adoption and Families 107

We Belong Together A Book About Adoption and Families

Todd Parr á 7 SUMMARY

G of how personal and uniue each adoption is and that not everyone comes to it in the same way Todd Parr's colorful art explores the meaning of family. I would not recommend this for adoptive parents to read with their children It reads very much like “saving” a child which is not what adoption should be about

REVIEW We Belong Together A Book About Adoption and Families

E adoption experience We Belong Together is about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together With an understandin. There are parts of this that are as wonderful as all Todd Parr’s books but there were also parts that didn’t sit well It implies that the children being adopted are the only ones who benefit “You needed a home and I had one to share” I did like that animals were included and the art is fun as always

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In a kid friendly accessible way this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family by showing one perspective on th. As an adoptive mom I was SO disappointed in this book I love The Family Book and It's Okay to be Different and others by Todd Parr so when I saw that Todd Parr had written a book on adoption I rushed right down to my bookstore But meh I didn't like the message of this book at all It is all about the child needing something and the adoptive parents providing it You needed a home and I had one to share You needed someone to say 'I love you' and we had love to give For our family and those that I know adoption is much of a 2 way street We need love just as much as our kids do and they have just as much love to give So while I like the diversity of the families and the happy message this isn't a book I would ever want to read to my daughter


10 thoughts on “We Belong Together A Book About Adoption and Families

  1. says:

    As an adoptive mom I was SO disappointed in this book I love The Family Book and It's Okay to be Different and others by Todd Parr so when I saw that Todd Parr had written a book on adoption I rushed right down to my bookstore But meh I didn't like the message of this book at all It is all about the child needing something and the adoptive parents providing it You needed a home and I had one to share You needed someone to say 'I love you' and we had love to give For our family and those that I know adoption is much of a 2 way street We need love just as much as our kids do and they have just as much love to give So while I like the diversity of the families and the happy message this isn't a book I would ever want to read to my daughter


  2. says:

    I didn't like how he made it seem as if the adopted child was the one who was saved Not true


  3. says:

    I brought this home from the library to read to my son and promptly hid it from him so he wouldn't hear what this book has to say you needed a lot of things and we were able to provide them to you That is not the message we want to portray to our child He should not be instructed to feel lucky we all are


  4. says:

    I gave this book to my daughter on her Adoption Day This is a wonderful book for a child who is adopted from the Foster Care system The stick figure children all look to be different ages There is no talk about picking up a baby or taking a plane to get the child like there is in so many adoption themed childrens books


  5. says:

    Tear jerker This book reminded me about how we wanted to have Ev because we had so much extra love But then we had her and just produced MORE LOVE Kind of like pumping breastmilk in the middle of the night


  6. says:

    There are parts of this that are as wonderful as all Todd Parr’s books but there were also parts that didn’t sit well It implies that the children being adopted are the only ones who benefit “You needed a home and I had one to share” I did like that animals were included and the art is fun as always


  7. says:

    I would not recommend this for adoptive parents to read with their children It reads very much like “saving” a child which is not what adoption should be about


  8. says:

    We Belong Together is a light hearted sad picture book explaining the dynamics of adoption and the becoming of a new family This book would be a great way to introduce the idea of adoption to children especially in a family that has a biological child and is accepting a non biological one in to their family Some of the descriptions in the book however are a bit controversial Todd Parr seems to be describing an adoptive child as one who needs to be rescued and is unloved Many would say that this is not a positive way to introduce the idea of adoption or orphanage to either an adoptive orphaned or even biological child It does not necessarily send a positive image to children to describe them as unloved or unwanted children The idea of this book is pretty great but there are a few things that could be changed to make it of a positive book for the children as well as the adults who are exposing it to their children


  9. says:

    I am an adoptive parent who usually enjoys Todd Parr's books but I was SO disappointed in this one it reads as though adoptive children are damaged goods who were rescued by fostadopt families Ouch Not the message I want my children or any fostered or adopted children to internalize I will never read this book to my kids and I feel sad knowing that other fostadopt families will share it with theirsImagine how different this book's message could have been with some re framing'We belong together becausewe needed someone to share our home' instead of you needed a home and we had one to shareI know Todd Parr is an animal lover and encourages readers to adopt pets from local shelters when possible Too bad he did not think about the message on that ubiuitous bumper sticker about pet adoption Who rescued who? when conceptualizing 'We Belong Together'


  10. says:

    This is a very kid friendly book that explains to children what adoption is The text in this children's book is very simple The illustrations are simple but each page is filled with bright colors The illustrations are like stick figures but I think it is a good idea to have a simple book like this because the children who are very young and have recently been adopted this is a great book to ease in the idea of what adoption is and how the process is taken The language of this book is very short and easy for kids to understand Even though the illustrations are basically stick figures the illustrator still made an effort to make the people in the story different colors and with different hair types I think it was a good touch to include so that it can educate students that people from around the world including different races all get adopted Children are exposed to what a family is thinking about when wanting to adopt a child This book explains in a simple way all of the adventures the child and their new adopted family are going to go on I LOVE how the author put at the beginning This book is to be read with someone you love Every family is different so feel free to change the pronouns in this text to fit your family I really loved that the author included this in his book because it gives the family and the child a chance to bond with one another and make a connection by using their own names throughout the book


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