Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 4-10), 44 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book, Adoption
Publisher: BookBaby ~ Release date: March 29, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone. ~ Tour dates: June 21 to July 16 2021
Every adoption experience is uniquely different but the yearning to have unconditional family love is universal. Two Indian sisters, Priya and Ari, experience what it's like to be adopted into a multi-cultural, interracial family. Walk alongside these two charming, dynamic girls as they journey through the adoption transition to a new country full of new experiences!
"Finding Family in a Far-Away Land" is a pensive and sometimes comical book that demonstrates how children can experience the same journey quite differently. A glossary of cultural terms is included so that all can learn and enjoy what Ari and Priya cherish about their Indian roots. This story is meant to be a resource to those hoping to learn about one family's adoption experience― and may even help a child process their own adoption story. The intended audience for this book is children ages 4-10.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Finding Family in a Far Away Land is a simply written, heartfelt story, of a couple of orphaned girls in India who receive a family from America, full of love. Their feelings and a few experiences are shared. It also points out the opposites in their two livng conditions.
This is a wonderful for young children. It is a wonderful book for Summer Reading Programs and Book Clubs.
The illustrations are cartoon-like in colorful watercolors. These are also created by the author.
The only negative comment i have is it lacked telling by what means the two girls were orphaned.
I offer a Four an a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
As a mother of four what types of books do you enjoy reading to your kids?
Every year at my children’s school they hold a bookfair and the class that donates the most books will win a pizza party. Not one of my kid’s has ever won and maybe it’s because we can’t let go of our children’s books. Who can say goodbye to glorious adventure, life lessons and cultural learning? Not to mention all the fun memories we share reading them, snuggled up together.
You may as well call us book hoarders. I am mother of two biological children and two adopted children from India ages ranging from 6-11 which equates to a plethora of books in all genres. A wise teacher, and lover of books, once told me any type of behavioral problem or social dilemma can be found in a children’s book. Bookshelves lined her fourth-grade classroom; it’s a wonder she even fit the desks in there. We love imaginative and humorous stories, but the following themes have initiated healthy conversations within our family.
Social and Emotional Books
Any book that helps my kids discuss their feelings is noteworthy. One of my adopted daughters carries tremendous shame when she is confronted with an accusation or makes a mistake. Bottling her feelings and then bursting into uncontrollable tears was initially her way of coping with emotion. We have a saying in our house, “Don’t feel bad about feeling.” Some of my favorite books in this category are In My Heart by Joe Witek which discusses all the emotions we feel, and Ruby finds a Worry by Tom Percival which helps children to talk about a worry before it grows. Another family favorite is The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds because it encourages children to explore their creative nature, eliminating the words “I can’t”.
Diverse and Multicultural Books
Children love learning about families and cultures outside of their own. The wise Mr. Rogers once said, “We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.” My daughters from India want to see heroes, princesses, and fairies that look like them so I am constantly looking for books in which they may see themselves. A favorite series of ours are the Once Upon a World collection by Chloe Perkins which are reimagined fairy tales. My daughter Ari especially loves the vibrant spin of Rapunzel, a beautiful Indian princess who lives in the Indian countryside. My oldest daughter loves learning about the world beyond our backyard. One of her favorite books is Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz Marshall about a Mayan girl who cleans the earth of colorful plastic bags and weaves them into beautiful tapestries. When my son was younger, we read a graphically strong and pragmatic book called People by Peter Spier. How wonderful to be able to understand the vastness and diversity of our world at a young age.
Books that Empower
Building confidence is children is paramount. I want all my kids to dream big and see various examples of successes, whether real, and fictional. We have a book on our shelves that is so worn we’ve had to tape the pages back together and that book is Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood. In this delightful tale, a young girl fights fires in the kingdom and befriends a dragon during the night. She’s too busy to think about marrying a prince yet. Learning to be yourself is another powerful message provided in the story A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Books written about failing in order to succeed such as Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty instill never giving up.”
No matter your child’s interest you can find a book highlighting a person who overcame adversity to achieve their dreams! Don’t underestimate the influence you have on a child or the difference you can make by simply reading a story.
Meet the Author:
Amanda is a mother of four with a heart towards adoption. She lives in Colorado with her family but loves to travel and connect with others through their culture. Educating families on adoption is a passion for Amanda because the adoptees' voice is often unheard.
Author's Mredia links:
website ~ instagram ~ goodreads
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