November is National Adoption Month in the United States. It's a time to raise awareness of the children in our own foster care system that are in need of their forever homes. Currently that number is 115,000 children (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). Chances are, you know someone in your life who has been adopted. And chances are, that person at one time or another has been an outcast for this unique trait they have about them. It's important to educate our children on adoption and the characteristics that make each of us special.
Adopted Ed is a beautiful children's book in which we follow the journey of a young boy, Ed, as he learns that he is adopted. Author Darren Maddern speaks from the heart in this Suessical style book, as he was adopted too. It touches base on the issues of what it means to be adopted, how to overcome other people's thoughts on adoption, and the feelings of emptiness that adopted children often have later in life that prompts them to search for information on their biological parents.
My favorite line from the book is when Eddie approaches the bully that has been harassing him about being adopted, and he says, "My parents chose me, yours were stuck with you!"
Adopted Ed is a beautifully moving story that is the perfect way to introduce your child to the subject of adoption and to better educate them. It's full color illustrations by Erin Fusco leave us with characters we are eager to learn more about and a realistic world that we can relate to.
The story ends with a list of celebrities that we all know who were adopted. What a wonderful way to showcase how unique and individual each person is!
Adopted Ed is on sale NOW at Amazon.com. Click here for details! Adopted Ed is listed for children ages 9-12, but I really see this book being meaningful to children even as young as 5 years old.
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of Adopted Ed to review through my participation with the One2One Network. There was no other form of compensation for this review. The thoughts and opinions above are my own and may differ from yours!