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Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: I'LL HOLD YOU FOREVER: An Adoption Story by Dawn Marie Hooks (C)

An Adoption Story
Written and Illustrated by Dawn Marie Hooks
Release date: January 2nd, 2015
Published by Paper Moon Publications
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Paperback
Format read: Paperback from the author.

A young girl walks through the countryside when she begins to wonder:
Is Mommy really her real mom?

Mommy turns the question into a story of the child's adoption.
Soon the child is reassured that her mom is real and will hold her forever.

A touching story about the beauty of adoption and the warmth of a mother's love is told through charming watercolor illustrations and clear, simple text that even the youngest child can understand.

Notes from the author include suggestions on how to talk to children about adoption. 



An endearing and captivating little story full of heart and strong assurances - this adoption story is sure to not only bring better understanding, but also affirms a parents want, need and love for the child... 

In I'LL HOLD YOU FOREVER, a little girl asks her mom, "Are you really my real mom?" The mother replies with, "I am your mom. And I am real." How very true those words are. 
The story continues with the mother explaining to the little girl how she has a birthmother, and how she waited, prayed and prepared for her arrival. How her birthmother chose her and the process of bringing the little baby girl home and all the steps she took to mothering her while going through the adoption proceedings. The mother speaks to her in a way that she will understand, but also, open and honest, full of warmth and love. 

I've always felt that no matter what age the child is, to show them true love one must be as honest as possible. This book supports this; it completely captures the mother's love towards her little girl. And you can really feel how she genuinely feels towards her daughter and everything that she went through to have her in her life, to become her real mother.

Overall, a heartwarming and sweet take on adoption that brought a tear to my eye. A book that can not only be shared with adopted and non-adopted families as well. It is the perfect way to have an open discussion and help your little ones better understand what and how adoption is.

*A paperback copy was sent to me by the author for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Dawn Marie Hooks

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