Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

New Book “The You We Adore” Celebrates Adoptive Love

By Teachers.Net News Desk

“Our love searched the whole world for the you we adore.” So begins a delightful story celebrating love and family released by Swan River Publishing in celebration of National Adoption Month.

Texas author Valerie Westfall offers adopted children a joyful story which gently communicates: you are wanted, loved, and adored. “After searching the world for the you we adore, you opened our hearts. You’re the one we waited for.” Westfall’s story introduces the concept of adoption to young children with endearing text. Affirming love and belongingness, the story provides an opportunity for parents to discuss each child’s unique adoption story. Lyrical text makes it a fun read-aloud for families.

In “Searching for…The You We Adore” an adoptive parent’s love circles the globe searching for a child already loved from the heart. Climbing with pandas and swimming with dolphins, the story offers young children a captivating adventure. Bestselling children’s illustrator Richard Cowdrey brings the story to life with beauty and playfulness. His illustrations celebrate family and the diversity of adoption. Whether domestic, foster, or internationally adopted, every child could embrace this endearing story. Cowdrey is well known for his illustrations that grace many books including the New York Times #1 children’s bestseller “Bad Dog, Marley!”

What people are saying:

“The You We Adore is lovely. We applaud your commitment to the cause of adoption.”
-Carrie Boerio, Sr. Director of Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

“Searching for the You We Adore fills a need experienced by all adopted children in their reaching for an answer to, “Who am I”? The enchanting story and wondrous illustrations draw on a child’s fascination with imaginary play—a powerful tool in developing their self-image.” -Louise Bachtold, Phd., Professor Emeritus Human Development, University of California, adoptive parent

“Searching for The You We Adore is a classic for every heart touched by adoption.”
-Julia Gibson, Board Member of Chosen Child Adoption Services, adoptive parent.

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