cover image How I Was Adopted

How I Was Adopted

Joanna Cole. HarperCollins, $16.99 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-688-11929-4

Cole's (The Magic School Bus series; How You Were Born) cheerful, informative approach to adoption is at the heart of this picture book, which not only meets special needs but is perfect for sharing in any family. Young Samantha, who directs her comments to the reader, tells one of her favorite stories--the story of how she was adopted. Mommy and Daddy have told her, ``We had so much love, we wanted to share it with a child and be a family.'' Samantha goes on to explain how her parents worked with an adoption counselor and waited a long time. The tale includes important biological information as well: ``I did not grow inside Mommy's uterus. I grew in another woman's uterus.'' Skillfully combining Samantha's natural curiosity, the love and joy felt by her family, and scientific facts, the tone is open and projects Samantha's confidence and self-acceptance. An extensive note to families at the beginning is supportive without being preachy or prescriptive. Chambliss's (We're Going on a Trip) exuberant watercolors feature a cast of relaxed, perpetually smiling figures that sustain a friendly and positive mood throughout. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)