It's Cassidy--Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life--with one big exception. Cassidy--Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents.Read more...
It's Cassidy--Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life--with one big exception. Cassidy--Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to include them
Using their own family's story as a model, Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of families everywhere through this straightforward and insightful book.
- ISBN-13: 9780061141362
- ISBN-10: 0061141364
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publish Date: June 2009
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
- Dimensions: 9.62 x 9.68 x 0.43 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.78 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
- Review Date: 2009-06-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Cassidy Li is going to be Star of the Week in her kindergarten class, and that means she gets to bring a snack (the titular brownies) and chronicle her life story on a poster. But as she reviews snapshots depicting favorite activities, pets, friends and family, she also realizes that, as a baby adopted in China, “something is missing. I don't have any photos of my birthparents.” Her solution: adding a hand-drawn portrait of them to the photographic collage. Debuting author Friedman, who is also the wife of Roth (The American Story) and the parent of a Chinese daughter, doesn't try to smooth over the bittersweet elements of Cassidy Li's story, although she often veers into giving her heroine the voice and viewpoint of an empathic adult rather than that of a six-year-old (“Dad says our family loves my birthparents very much even though we'll never know them”). Roth's affectionate domestic vignettes bolster the story's authenticity considerably, and his vivid portrayal of the confident, thoughtful Cassidy Li speaks volumes about the unconditional love in her life. Ages 5–9. (June)