Just Add One Chinese Sister: An Adoption Story

by Patricia McMahon

Other authorsKaren Jerome (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2005





Boyds Mills Press (2005), 32 pages


Claire and her mother are working together on a scrapbook as they relive their first days and hours together following Claire's arrival from her birth home in China. Claire's big brother, Conor, had kept a journal as he anticipated the day his new sister would arrive, and these entries also become part of their book of memories. They remember how, at first, Claire was scared of her new parents and brother, who all spoke a different language than she was used to hearing. But these foreignersloved the adopted Claire, and little by little, they shared experience that brought them together and made them into a family.

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LibraryThing member natasha.bevis
This is wonderful story shared in the voices of two people about adoption. This is an excellent example of a information book that can be used in the classroom because the facts given about the adoption process are very accurate. However the emotions, thoughts, and feelings portrayed in the book can vary from family to family. Never the less this would still be a good book for students to understand what it may be like for child who is being adopted as well as the family that is adopting the child.
Level: Primary
Stars: Point of View (dog who sees and knows everything adds a humorous touch:))
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LibraryThing member emleonard
Great book about a little girl that is being adopted from China. This book can inform children how the adoption process goes in a way and how some people feel while going through this process. Also, how other siblings feel and question while getting a new brother or sister.
LibraryThing member amoore1
This story is about a family who adopts a daughter from China, Claire. It is told from the mother's perspective as she is making a scrapbook with Claire. Claire's brother's perspective is also seen within side notes that have been written by him. The process of adopting Claire is long and involves a lot of paper work. The brother is nervous because he is unsure of what she will be like and how he will be a sibling. The parents are excited, and when they first meet Claire she is quiet and does not smile. This of course changes after the family, including the dog Rosie, has more time to bond together. Claire's laugh warms the entire family and though there is no ending to the story readers are assured that there is much more happiness to come in this family's life. This book is really great because it shares the diverse aspects of families. For adoptive families, this book could be relatable for siblings, parents, or the adopted child. I would probably read this book to students if I felt that they needed to be enlightened on family diversity. I could read this book about adoption with other books relating to books about divorced parents, same sex parents, etc.… (more)
LibraryThing member sabrina89
A really lovely story about an American family who adopts a little Chinese girl. It is shown pretty well how easily children can adapt to other surroundings and even other cultures. The story is written from the view of the mother with little notes from the brother's perspective whose greatest concern is how to get a beloved brother.… (more)
LibraryThing member robincar
A mother is creating a scrapbook with her adopted daughter detailing the events of the girl’s adoption. They go through the story of the adoption from when the family decided to adopt to the first picture they had of their new daughter-to-be to the first meeting in China to taking her home. They include photographs, plane tickets, and entries from big brother Conor’s journal in the scrapbook as the mother tells Claire about how she came to be part of their family. This story of adoption is actually based on a true story as the authors are the adoptive mother and brother of the little girl in the book. The book’s watercolor illustrations are designed to create the illusion of the book being a scrapbook. The book could easily be used to inform children about the basics of adoption. It would also be a good for children who are adopted or have an adopted sibling. The book is suitable for kids ages 4 to 8.… (more)


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Physical description

32 p.; 9.25 inches


1563979896 / 9781563979897


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