Kindle (Sweet Moon Baby) By Karen Henry Clark
Book if you are trying to help your young child make #sense of his or her adoption 3 stars for the story5 stars for the illustrationsSpoilers This is a lovingly told adoption #of his or her adoption 3 stars for the story5 stars for the illustrationsSpoilers This is a lovingly told adoption with a fanciful twist A baby girl is born on a summer night in China Her parents love her but believe she should have a better life than the one they can give her So they set her adrift in a basket on the river Along the way she is cared for by various animals who help her on her journey Meanwhile a couple on the other side of the world want a daughter One night the moon leads them to find the baby girl in the basketI really wanted to love this story I think it is told from the heart the author adopted a baby girl from China and dedicated the story to her and it is beautifully told However I was a bit troubled by some of the elements and in looking at other reviews find I am not alone The baby s birth parents seem irresponsible just letting her drift off in a basket down the river thinking she will find a better life that way Moreover I m not sure that reasons such as not being able to give her "Pretty Things Or Teach "things or teach to read are very good reasons for giving up a child It is hinted at that they don t have much food either but I think the other reasons seem a bit shallow The illustrations really impressed me though I absolutely love them Beautiful touching full of life rich in details that connect and enhance the story WowI would recommend that parents with adopted children preview this book before they share it with their children I believe it is supposed to be a reassuring tale of adoption showing that both birth parents and adoptive parents love the baby girl But it is also a very fantastical portrayal and the baby being set adrift could upset some children and parents The first thing that struck me about Sweet Moon Baby is the beautiful illustrations They are enchanting and whimsical in water color Patrice Barton has amazing talent She worked on them for the author Karen Henry Clark who adopted a child from China and had no story to tell her about her young infant life before she came to America Clark uses prose to infant life before she came to America Clark uses prose to the tale of a family in China who doesn t have enough food to feed their baby and want to give it a better life In the mean time another family across the globe in America is preparing their home for a baby by planting a garden and filling a room with books and toys still no baby comes Both families have to rely on the moon to carry their wishes Sweet Moon Baby is a wonderful book for parents with adopted children and children who wonder why their biological parents would give them up I recommend it for all ages and can honestly say it will be a favorite in our home The most beautiful book ever about Chinese adoption The writing is subtle the art is stunning This is an adoption story that takes a fairy tale approach In China perfect baby is born However her parents don t have enough food for themselves and worry about the future of this tiny baby So they put trust in the moon and send their. N give herA turtle a peacock a monkey a panda and some fish shepherd the baby as she floats in a basket on a moonlit winding river into the loving arms of her new parents Perfect for bedtime reading Karen. Baby away down the river On the journey several animals help that baby While she sleeps she is carried by a turtle flown high by a peacock sheltered by a monkey and guided BY A PANDA ON THE OTHER a panda On the other of the world
"A Family Is Waiting For "family is waiting for child While they wait they prepare for her They create a garden plant trees build her a room and fill it with pretty things and lots of books They now she is there but where They travel long distances following the moon s path And when the moon paths of the baby and the family meet so do theySo often adoption books are about the concrete steps taken from one family to the next It is a pleasure to read a book that is whimsical and magical about adoption Clark s writing celebrates the connection between child and new family while paying homage to the birth family as well The entire book is suffused in a gentle beauty that allows anyone reading to now immediately that this is a joyous tale Barton s illustrations are particularly fine From the first two page spread of the new baby and her bright eyed beauty the illustrations are captivating They have a subtle humor to them as well as a soft touch that matches the tone of the book Done in sketches and then digitally the images have interesting texturesA very successful fairy tale telling of the adoption story this book may not answer the uestions of how an adoption takes place but it does speak to the magical nature of love Appropriate for ages 3 5 Opening and Synopsis On a summer night in China a baby girl was born She was perfect A little girl was born on a summer s night in China Her parents were poor and they wanted her to have so many things that they couldn t give her The little girl s parents made the decision to set their little girl sailing in a basket and they trusted that only good things will happen to her The little girl goes on a long but peaceful journey On the other side of the "world a husband and wife wait for a daughter and the little girl finds her way to themWhy I liked "a husband and wife wait for a daughter and the little girl finds her way to themWhy I liked book I thought this book had a really cute story It is of a fairy tale about an adoption not a re telling of an adoption story and I really like that I think the story idea is really different it being a fantasy tale about adoption I think it would make a great bed time story for any id The author wrote the book for her daughter who she adopted from China The illustrations in the book are excellent I loved seeing the little girl floating in her basket This is such an adorable story about the adoption of a sweet little girl and the parents who have longed to have her in their family This is not an in depth story about adoption but a beautiful heart warming story about the journey of a baby girl born in China and her whimsical journey to her new home The illustrations are absolutely amazing They capture the feeling of this story perfectly The story s prose and the beautiful illustrations make this the perfect bedtime book for young readers infant and older It s one of those books that you ll want to read again and again. Henry Clark’s poetic text reminiscent of a lullaby and Patrice Barton’s textured and gentle hued illustrations capture the great love between parents and children and the miraculous journey of adopti. Parents give their children a story It begins with you have always been lovedNovember is National Adoption Month Parents family and friends are looking for storybooks they can give to the adopted children in their lives Sweet Moon Baby an Adoption Tale written by Karen Henry Clark and ill Oh My Goodness I am in love with Patrice Barton s illustrations This is the sweetest baby I have ever seen hands down If I new a family who had adopted a baby girl from China I would buy one copy of this book for them and a second copy so I could cut the "pages out and frame them for their nursery "out and frame them for their nursery They re that gorgeous A perfect baby girl is born in China to parents who dream of for her than they can provide So with both happiness and sadness they set her afloat in a basket in the river to save her life like the Biblical Moses The moon guides the baby girl and animals help her along her way to the other side of the world where another couple is waiting for the daughter of their dreams To prepare for her arrival they plant a garden and trees build a house with a room for her and look at the moon for a hopeful sign Eventually the moon leads them to the baby girl in the water and they take her home The final spread leaves the reader with the sense that it has all been an imaginative bedtime story the girl s adoptive parents tell her about how she came to join their family Patrice Barton s digitally altered pencil sketches are absolutely beautiful lending a gentle sense "of peacefulness to the story This book would make an excellent gift for adoptive parents "peacefulness to the story This book would make an excellent gift for adoptive parents family in China barely has enough food to feed themselves so they send their new baby girl off in a basket on the river The moon guides the baby s basket to safety On the other side of the world a man and a woman prepare their house for a new baby The two follow the moon s glow to find the baby in the river One summer night in China a baby girl was born She was perfect We have barely enough rice to feed ourselves the father said She should have pretty things the mother said She should learn to read the father saidThey were happy and sad at the same time In China a baby girl is born and her parents aren t able to care for her We have barely enough rice to feed ourselvesshe should have pretty thingsshe should learn to read So they place her in a basket and put her in the river placing their trust in the moon that only good things will happen to their daughter while on the other side of the world a husband and wife yearn for a daughter I really wanted to love this story the illustrations are just gorgeous But I feel that the story could confuse younger adopted children particularly in the way that the little girl is given up by her parents Also I wasn t fond of the reasons given as to why she was given up she should have pretty things She should learn to read REALLY That s why they gave her up To me it trivialized the complex reasons why children are placed for adoptionAs an adoptive parent my recommendation is to admire the illustrations but skip this. This is the story of one baby’s journey from her birth parents in China who dream of a better life for their daughter to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world who dream of the life they ca. .