Adoption, Halloween

Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale By Lynne Marie

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Back of Book:
Papa Scare (a monster), Mama Scare (a mummy), and Baby Scare (a vampire) live in a haunted house where they eat finger sandwiches and alpha-bat soup. One night, they go out to walk their dog (a bloodhound, of course) to let their soup cool down. While they’re away, in walks the zombie Moldilocks, looking for food, a chair, and a bed that’s just right.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Books Press in exchange for an honest review.
Holloween this upon us, since I have younger students I am always on the lookout for stories that are more silly than scary This is a perfect combination of fractured fairy tale and spooky fun. The story follows the classic Goldielocks and the Three Bears story but with a Halloween twist. While the three scares are out for a walk to let their soup cool, Moldilocks comes across their haunted house. the story follows the classic tale with a wonderful twist at the end. I love stories that promote adoption and welcoming new members into a family. The text is filled with clever puns that will make kids laugh out loud. The illustrations by David Rodriguez Lorenzo are full of expression and detail. A great story to read during the Halloween season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages 

Adoption, Family

A Crazy-Much Love by Joy Jordan-Lake

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Back of Book:
How MUCH is the crazy-much love?” This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. From the child’s first bath and first time riding a tricycle, all the way to her boarding that big yellow bus, the crazy-much love grows SO MUCH that it spills out the windows and busts down the doors. A warm, lyrical celebration of the deep love parents hold for their children and a comforting message for kids about how there can be only one special YOU.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Two Lions Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This is a stunning book that celebrates the beauty and joy of international adoption. Joy drew from her own experiences of adopting her daughter from China and created a love letter from parents to their new child. The text discusses all the important details of adoption like getting the room ready, getting on a plane to pick up the child and having a party when they get home. The text focuses on the repetition of the statement A Crazy Much Love throughout the child’s milestones.
The illustrations by Sonia Sanchez are vibrant and full of bursts of color.
She captured the tender love between parents and children in a truly moving way.
This is a gift to give to anyone adopting a child. I hope to adopt myself one day, and this story showed me how beautiful international adoption can be.
Ages 3 and up
32 Pages

Adoption

Babies Come From Airports By Erin Dealey

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Back of Book:
A diverse, kid’s-eye view of adoption, one special day, and familial love, Babies Come From Airports has a child-friendly rhyming text and lively and colorful illustrations filled with details. It’s a heartwarming adoption story for any and all kinds of families, steeped in love.
My Review:
I absolutely love reading picture books about adoption. I feel like the concept of adoption is not spoken about enough in classrooms. The story follows a family as they prepare for their international adoption. The story is told from the point of view of the older brother. He shares all the ways that his family prepares to have a new little sister. The book discusses several aspects of an adoption. Like all the paperwork that is necessary to adopt, and the time it takes to adopt. The illustrations are sweet and show the beauty of a diverse family.  The ending is sweet and will make readers smile.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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