April Book Reviews

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Far Away from the Tigers: A Year in the Classroom with Internationally Adopted Children by Jane Katch 
 There are plenty of books out there that help teachers work with adopted children but what makes this one special is that it tells a lot of the stories in the children’s own voices. Through their stories and their parents stories you walk in their shoes and if you listen carefully you might learn the right questions to ask so that you can find the best answer to help these children learn. Beautifully written and easy to read this book is great for parents and teachers. amazon.com price $17.55 kindle price: $9.99

I’m Adopted, I’m Special by Beth Rice – I have mixed feelings about this book.  I think it is a great book to explain to children what adoption is.   I also like the way the animals in the story try to explain to Beth Ann what adoption means and the different ways they tell the story.  It gives many different definitions on being adopted and helps alleviate her fears.  I wish that the book didn’t start out with the little girl being told she was adopted for the first time as an older child. This is a story that should be told over and over right from the start.  The only other problem I had with the book is the message the being adopted means you are special.  All children are special and I worry that if kids who aren’t adopted are reading this book or listening to it as well that they will feel they are less.  Being adopted is a special way to join a family but it doesn’t make you any more or less special than any other child.  amazon.com price $12.95

Someone Else’s Child: A Surrogate’s Story by Sue Phillips – Sue Phillips, married with three children was approaching the age of 40 when she decided to become a ‘gestational carrier’ for a couple who were unable to have a child because illness had resulted in the woman having a damaged uterus. Surrogacy sounds like a simple process but it presents a complicated web of procedures, interesting legalities and ethics. and a minefield of personal intricacies and interactions. Phillips also faced a considerable challenge with her Catholic employer. Told in a simple format, compiled from her diary entries, Phillips deals with the personal aspects of this process and the many personal intricacies and challenges she faced.  amazon.com price $24.70

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