“Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles” is a story I found at the library this morning. We don’t see a lot of adoption books, and since this one was geared at the early grade-school crowed, we snapped this one up. If you’re an adoptive family of small children, especially adopted at a young age, I highly recommend this one. Also, it was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, who also happen to have a daughter, adopted from China.
This is a great picture book for reading to your little ones, especially Kindergarten and first graders. The story centers around a first grader’s preparation for a school presentation all about herself, and some unanswered questions about her biological parents. It models healthy grieving and parent discussions, and ultimately, the little girl chooses to include her adoptive parents and a mention of her birth parents in her school presentation. It’s presented in a comfortable drama-free way that any small child can understand. I wish we’d known about this when our oldest was a first grader and dealing with all of the same questions and worries, and the fear that everyone at school would ask 1,000 questions about her adoption that would make her uncomfortable.
Long story short, if you have adopted children under 2nd grade, buy the book, you won’t regret it!