The Story of my Open Adoption by Leah Campbell; illustrated by Claire LaForte

The Story of My Open Adoption: A Storybook for Children Adopted at ...This rhyming picture book tells the story of an open adoption.  As is often the case in children’s books, the characters are animal, not human.  Many feel that this provides a distance that is helpful to young children.

In the story, Sammy is going to meet his first family.  He has a good experience while there and knows that there are many who love him.

This book does many things very well.  I like that Sammy’s visit was a good one.  I also think that the author did a good job of letting Sammy know that his parents were there for any questions that he might have.  Further, the author nicely allows for a variety of feelings and notes that feelings can change from day to day.

A few quibbles…I might not have started the story by saying that Sammy was different.  While Sammy is a squirrel in the story and his parents are rabbits, I felt the way this was presented  could leave children feeling that Sammy was loved DESPITE being different.  I don’t think that this is the message that she meant to convey but an edit might have helped.

Also, the author did not in any real way show Sammy’s preparation for this meeting with his first family.  An extra page on his parents letting him know where they were going would have added to the book.

Nonetheless, this book could well become  part of a family’s adoption library.

Many thanks to the publisher, Callisto, for this title in exchange for an honest review.


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