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Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Taleby Karen Henry Clark
Synopses & Reviews
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 can give her.
A 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 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 adoption.
"Debuting author Clark suggests that the ambivalent feelings surrounding adoption may be best handled by a fairy tale. Only a whiff of sadness is allowed to intrude on the idyll of 'sweet moon baby,' who sleeps contentedly as her Chinese parents--clearly loving--agree that they cannot raise her: ' Ã¢Â€Â˜She should have pretty things,' the mother said. Ã¢Â€Â˜She should learn to read,' the father said.' They send her down the river in a basket ('Only good things will happen to our daughter,' they reassure each other), where creatures care for her along the way until she is found by a red-haired man and his wife, who come looking for her in a boat of their own. ' Ã¢Â€Â˜Perhaps she will like pretty things,' the wife said. Ã¢Â€Â˜Perhaps she will like books,' the husband said.' Each of Barton's spreads is full of comforting notes: the girl's tranquil face, the gentle landscapes, the smiling moon. While some parents may feel uneasy with the story's fantasy elements, others will welcome the affirming images it provides for families with adopted children. Ages 5 — 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
With a beautiful, poetic text reminiscent of a lullaby and textured, gentle-hued illustrations, this book tells a moving story about a baby's journey from one side of the globe to the other. Full color.
About the Author
KAREN HENRY CLARK wrote her first story when she was four years old by dictating the tale of a runaway popcorn ball to her father. From that moment on, she wanted to become an author. It took longer than she anticipated, as do most things in life. Sweet Moon Baby is her first book. She lives with her husband and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she loves to watch the moon rise over the Mississippi, a wide and wonderful river like the one in this book.
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