- Initial publish date
- Oct 2003
- Adoption, Emotions & Feelings, Orphans & Foster Homes
- Publish Date
- Oct 2003
- List Price
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: k to 3
When Emma sets out to make a cookie family with her Grandma, the happy afternoon suddenly turns sad. The cookies are meant to look like her family, but hers is the only one with licorice hair and eyes. She doesn’t look like the others; does that mean she doesn’t belong?
In gentle text, Deborah Hodge tells the story of one small girl’s adoption: the hopes and prayers of her Canadian parents, their trip to the other side of the world, their meeting with the new baby, and the very long ride home to the new family waiting for Emma
Thousands of baby girls from China have been adopted by North American families. Although this lovely book tells the story of one such little girl, it is about much more than the logistics of adoption. It is about the many ways in which we can come together to form a family.
About the authors
Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. She specializes in writing engaging non-fiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah lives in Vancouver.
“Skillful paintings … realistic, detailed illustrations … The layout balances text and art neatly.”
“Hodge writes with a quiet tenderness, creating the mood of the story…. Zhang’s soft, but wonderfully detailed illustrations match the mood of the story perfectly… Highly Recommended.”
“[A] gentle and warm tale…[with] beautiful paintings that are superbly rendered with incredible detail…. [A]n invaluable adoption tale…”
“…timely… The softness of Zhang’s paintings, rich in detail, matches the mood of the text… heartwarming…”
–Montreal Review of Books
Other titles by Deborah Hodge
West Coast Wild ABC
West Coast Wild at Low Tide
West Coast Wild Babies
Cooking with Bear
A Story and Recipes from the Forest
Bear’s Winter Party
West Coast Wild
A Nature Alphabet
Rescuing the Children
The Story of the Kindertransport
Watch Me Grow!
A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City
Up We Grow!
A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm