I recently received a copy of Adopted Like Me, by Ann Angel, illustrated by Mark Thomas. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The information that comes with the book suggests it’s for children aged 8 upwards who’ve been adopted, their parents, teachers and siblings.
It’s a hard backed book with sleeve, 48 pages long, with gentle, soft looking illustrations.
Mini’s 7 and a few months, so not too far behind the suggested age, and so we sat down together to have a look…
The initial page, explaining a bit about how families come together is great. It explains enough about ways families become blended, without giving too much, there’s even a little explanation of closed adoptions and open adoptions. Mini seemed a little interested, but as we have a blended family ourselves (Mini’s adopted, Dollop is our birth daughter) and Mini knows a little of his past, it wasn’t anything new to him.
The premise of the book is that many famous and inspirational people were adopted too, and that you can grow up to be just about anything you want to be. This last part is a message we promote to both of our children – not adoption specific, to give our children confidence, hopes, dreams, and the ability to look forward.
As Mini started to look through the book, he could see the many wonderful careers that these people had and have. But I don’t think it’s ever entered his head that he couldn’t do any of those things because he’s adopted; I don’t think it’s ever entered his head that he couldn’t do any of those things at all.
In addition, he had never heard of most of the people included in the book and so didn’t find it particularly interesting or inspiring. None of them are likely to become his heroes. At 7, he still wants to be a cowboy, and he firmly believes that is what he’ll be…oh, and a daddy!
I personally found it very interesting to read about so many different people and their backgrounds and lives, but I would definitely suggest it’s probably for children at least age 10 plus, and particularly those who are lacking in self-confidence or having doubts about their abilities.
If you’d like to buy the book, it’s available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers at £11.99.