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Waiting for May by Janet Morgan Stoeke
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Waiting for May

by Janet Morgan Stoeke

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This book is all about how a little boy is super excited that he will be getting a baby sister soon. She lives in China and his parents have to wait for the adoption papers to go through before she can move in with his family. Months pass and the little boy is filled with excitement. When the papers finally go through, the agent sends them a picture. They decide to call her May after their grandmother May. When they arrive in China, the little boy can't wait to meet May. But May isn't so excited to see them. His mother explains that May is scared and does not know what is going on in regards to the adoption process. When they go back to the hotel room, May cries and cries. But then she notices the little boy's turtle buttons on his shirt. She starts to laugh, and that is what the little boy has been waiting for all along; for May to be happy with her new family. I like how his book incorporated Chinese words in it and discusses the adoption process for young readers. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 27, 2015 |
This book takes us through the journey of a family who is adopting a little girl from China into their family. The son goes through a lot of waiting and learns patience to wait for May. The book shows a lot of steps that families might go through in order to adopt, interviews, background checks, etc. The book ends with the family going to China and getting their new family member.
The plot of this book is very realistic to how some people live today, there are people adopting children from other countries and do have to go through a long journey. This book does a good job of staying true to life by having accurate information, interviews and background checks. I think the fact that the author’s background closely relates to the book (she adopted a young girl too) makes this book more credible. Stoeke avoids stereotypes by saying that in China people are allowed to have 1 child. She also says that not everyone is happy about those rules. She clarifies that the family is excited to have a baby girl, no matter where she comes from.
I believe that a lot of children and families who are interested in or are in the process of adopting a child from a foreign country will find this book very helpful. Personally, I know families who have adopted children and think this book would relate to them very much. This book could answer a lot of questions children have about the adoption process and why they have to wait so long. Seeing someone else going through what they’re going through will make the process better as they know they’re not alone. This would be a good text to show students to write their own stories and how important it is, families is always a great area to start when writing. ( )
  JuanaD.Luna | Nov 14, 2012 |
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A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.

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