We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and FamiliesHardback
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- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Format: Hardback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 260mm x 261mm x 11mm | 468g
- Publication date: 17 January 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0316016683
- ISBN 13: 9780316016681
- Illustrations note: Integrated: 24, integrated colour pix
- Sales rank: 27,603
We belong together because...You needed a home I had one to share Now, we are a family Bestselling author/illustrator Todd Parr has received hundreds of requests to write a book about adoption. And as he did with his beloved books It's Okay to be Different and The Peace Book, he has found a way to approach this challenging matter with humour and sensitivity through his bold and colourful illustrations and unique reassuring messages.
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Todd Parr has created more than 30 books for children as well as the Emmy T-nominated tv show ToddWorld. You can visit him online at www.toddparr.com
By TeensReadToo 03 Oct 2010
Although WE BELONG TOGETHER is geared towards adoptive parents and their children, any family can benefit from reading the book, especially if done so together. Although I've read some negative reviews about the book, statements made that it gives the wrong message to adopted children, I don't think that's the case at all.
Both of my children have, at one time or another, asked why they were our kids and not someone elses. How is it that we became their parents, and not the parents of some other children? For younger children, who don't know all of the details of how becoming a parent works, this is a valid question.
My answer has always been the same as the one Todd Parr provides within the pages of the bright, bold, beautifully illustrated WE BELONG TOGETHER: because you needed love, and I had a lot to give.
This book, although it doesn't mention birth parents, makes the act of adoption a two-way street: both child and parent need something (love, learning, shelter, fun & laughter), and both have things to give in return (a hug & a kiss, knowledge, safety).
I think that this is a great book for adopted families, especially when read together. But all families will enjoy it, and the positive message of love and acceptance that it gives.
Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein...Well I've found another to add to the list: Todd Parr. Kansas CITY Star
Parr, the Dr. Feelgood of children's books and television, brings his optimistic, sunny attitude to this latest offering. Each page, suffused with brilliant colors, reassures the adoptee, in various ways, that he or she was wanted and needed. "We belong together because . . . you needed a home and I had one to share." Single mothers and fathers, couples of all sorts and people of all colors, from yellow to purple to blue, all joyfully welcome their new children into their families. On one spread, where there are pictures of places to discover together, iconic illustrations of China and Russia, will surely be familiar to many international adoptees. Parr's familiar style, brilliant colors, outlined with bold black lines, draws children in, and the repeated, expected text make this a perfect book for very young children and new readers. There is no back story here, no explanation of why children might be available for adoption, only the joyful welcome arms of diverse people who have something to offer the child who needs a home. (Picture book. 2-5) (Kirkus Reviews)