Title: Wonderful You, an Adoption Story
Author: Lauren McLaughlin
Illustrator: Meilo So
Publisher: Random House, 2017
Themes: adoption, families
In a faraway land lived a lady in blue
with a babe in her tummy named Wonderful You
This rhyming picture book illuminates the role of an adopted child’s birth mother, respecting her choice to give her child to a loving family. We follow a mother’s journey as she carries her child, searches for deserving parents, and ultimately creates a new family.
Why I like this Book:
I really like the focus on the birth mother. What a wonderful tribute to moms of all ages who have for so many reasons given their children up for adoption. The story offers a version of the adoption process that is full of warmth, care, and choice.
The choice of calling the adopted child Wonderful You throughout the poem works very well and helps focus the choice of birth mother and adopting parents on the child.
Above all, the illustrations are bright, whimsical and stunning watercolors.
This would make a great gift for adoptive parents for sure, but also, it is important to share stories in classrooms of all types of families from a very early age to create acceptance for the rich mosaic of family structures in our world.
I would pair this with The Wish by Matthew Cordell, an adoption tale with a different focus.
Do check out the illustrator’s website here.
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