Let's Talk about It: Adoption

Fred Rogers, Author, Jim Judkis, Photographer
Fred Rogers, Author, Jim Judkis, Photographer Putnam Publishing Group $15.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-399-22432-4
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In tackling another difficult subject for children, Mr. Rogers of PBS-TV fame stresses that this photo-essay is intended as a jumping-off point to spark family discussions. However-perhaps as a result of providing such leeway-Rogers's text is vague and lacking specific information. He emphasizes the basic need for a loving family unit: ``Being in a family means belonging. You could belong in your family by being born into it, or you could belong in your family by being adopted into it.'' The ``how'' and ``why'' questions sure to arise from this simplified presentation are thrown into the reader's court. Rogers also suggests helpful ways for children to deal with feelings that commonly accompany discussions about adoption. Though they seem somewhat posed, Judkis's photos of three ethnically diverse families gives this treatment a believable universality. Ages 3-6. (May)
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