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Mommy far, Mommy near : an adoption story
Peacock, Carol Antoinette.
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Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.
Reading Level:
360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 42116.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 33911 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Young Elizabeth feels a range of emotions as she learns that she has two mommies: one in China and one in America. Her adoptive mother explains that although her Chinese mother loved Elizabeth and wanted to keep her, she couldn't because of China's laws.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. Although Elizabeth, a young Chinese girl, is secure in the love of her adoptive Caucasian American family, she still has questions. Why, if China is such a big country, wasn't there room for all the babies? Didn't her mother love her? Such questions surface in games with her younger Chinese sister, in loving give-and-take with her American mother, and in hurt feelings after seeing a Chinese mother and daughter at the playground. Decorated in floral patterns and colored in lush, velvety hues, the thickly stroked, realistic artwork expands on the text while heightening the emotions it conveys. Elizabeth's misgivings are met head-on by her adoptive mother's reassurance, love, and thoughtful responses. The mother's tender support not only reassures Elizabeth but will also benefit other adoptees, especially those from Third World countries, as it reinforces the efforts of all loving, adoptive parents. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-With sensitivity and honesty, this book explores the feelings and questions a young Chinese girl has about having been adopted into an American family. She learns why her birth mother had to give her up and why her parents chose to adopt her and her younger sister. She plays games to help her adjust such as pretending to have a phone conversation with her "China mommy" about her current life. Elizabeth's healthy exploration of what it means to be adopted evolves naturally over time. The text and illustrations are printed on brown speckled paper. Confident brush strokes create fluid family scenes and thoughtful facial expressions. The illustrations make Elizabeth's intermittent vulnerability even more obvious.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.