Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A Blessing from Above
By Patti Henderson
Illustrated by Liz Edge
Ages 0-3, 3-6
Little Golden Books are a popular series of books with a distinctive look and feel (especially the gold foil spine). We have enjoyed several Little Golden books in the past, most of them making for very pleasant and gentle reading - perfect for night time. A Blessing from Above is also a very warm and sentimental book. What sets it apart from the others however, is the topic : Adoption.
This is the story of a Kangaroo (Momma-Roo) who has an empty pouch and prays everyday for a baby that she can love and hold and care. One day Momma-Roo goes for a walk, all the time looking at other animals and their babies, wishing that she had one of her own.
After her walk, she rests under a tree and notices a nest of bluebird eggs above. While she is watching, all the eggs hatch one after the other but now the nest is getting too crowded. The littlest bluebird falls down from the nest but luckily lands into Momma-Roo's pouch!
Literally, a Blessing from Above.
What does Momma-Roo do? What about the bluebird baby? And when Momma Blue Bird comes back what does she say? For the adult, it's all as expected of course, but the child asks questions - how can a baby bird become a joey? Why didn't Momma Blue Bird ask for her baby back? Delightful questions leading to delightful conversations!
I looked up the internet later to find that the author of this book, Patti Henderson is a mother to two adopted children and the illustrator - Elizabeth Edge is an adoptee herself, A complex topic, simplified to a child's level, this book will warm your heart even if your family has not been touched by adoption.