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The Call of the Swamp

by Davide Calì

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We received a great oversized hardcover copy of this book. This is an oversized hardbound book for children, 11.5" x 8.25". The cover is easy to hold, but the pages should be turned by older children as they are standard glossy pages.

This is a wonderful book, with the story like a fairy tale in its telling and the fantastic illustrations by Italian Artist Marco Soma bringing you into the tale on each full color page.

The story is about a couple who could have no children. They found a newborn with gills on the edge of the swamp. They took him home and called him Boris. Boris grew up with a loving family, but was always thirsty. One day, he leaves the house and makes his way down to the swamp. There he encounters other creatures like him.

Meanwhile, his parents left notes for him at the swamp which said "If you're happy where you are, then we're happy too".

What happens to Boris?

In my opinion, this is one of the best books I have read about adoption. There is no judgement, just a simple tale about differences making a family, and acknowledging that a child who is adopted can yearn for "home".

Highly recommended. ( )
  Vintage_books_baby | Oct 10, 2017 |
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This is a sweet tale of "adoption", and of finding the place you belong, even if it is different than what you expected. I loved that Boris followed "the call of the swamp" when searching for where he belongs,and the messages at the bottom of the swamp were what finally brought him home. This is a unique story about searching for belonging, and the illustrations are a perfect compliment to a pond life science investigation. ( )
  crj226 | Oct 9, 2017 |
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This book is perfect. The art is an A+ and the story is one that would resonate with children and adults. It is well written. My favorite part is that the child in the book actually shows thought processes and contemplates his decisions. A great lesson for children and an even better one for adults. WELL DONE ( )
  WhitneyG182 | Oct 3, 2017 |
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Beautiful illustrations and a great story about finding your true self and realizing what makes you feel happy and at home in your surroundings. This is a quick read with a lot of different meanings to be found within it for various situations in life as one grows up and matures.

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  midnightbunny | Oct 2, 2017 |
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Obtained through the early review program, this is quite a delightful book. A couple who are unable to have children, find a baby by the side of a swamp. Gently lifting him up and taking him home, the fact that he has gills is overlooked. And, the little baby becomes a lovely child who seems to need inordinate amounts of water. After some years of adjusting and living with his parents, the smell of the swamp calls to him. Sensing his unhappiness, his parents write a lovely message stating "As long as you are happy; we are happy!"

Finding his way back to the swamp, he immerses his body under the water. Enthralled that he can smile and laugh with his water friends, for a period of time he feels content. But then, the lure and memories of his loving parents, he rises to the top and rides his bike to the home where he wants to remain.

This is an excellent book for foster parents, or parents who have adopted a child. The bottom line is that it is natural to cling to your past, and allow your memories to overtake you. But, eventually, your heart longs for what it knows to be the best family.

Four Stars ( )
  Whisper1 | Sep 26, 2017 |
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