I Wished for You: An Adoption Story

Bibliographic Information: Richmond, M. R. (2008). I wished for you: an adoption story. Minneapolis, Minn.: Marianne Richmond Studios.

Short annotation: I Wished for You: An Adoption Story, is a story of a mother bear telling her cub about how she got him by wishing for him.

The Genre: Animal Fiction, Picture book

Grade level: Preschool to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: Children who were adopted, parents of adopted children or who were themselves adopted and educators

Personal response and rating:  I would give this book a 5; I loved this book because it answered and asked question that adopted children often have. I also liked that this mother was very open about the fact that her cub was adopted.

Question: What does the word adoption mean to you?

Reading strategies connection: In Literature-Based Reading Activates by Ruth Yopp and Hallie Yopp there is an activity in it called polar opposites. This activity involves the teacher making a scale on one end that has characters, feelings or personality traits and on the other end has the opposite feelings or personality traits (R. Yopp & H. Yopp, 2010). For young children the scale should only have three spaces so it doesn’t confuse the students (R. Yopp & H. Yopp, 2010). This activity will help students learn how to analyze characters. This activity would work well with I Wished for You: An Adoption Story, because this story has two characters that have very different personalities and feelings that they throughout during the story. Which makes this a great way to introduce this activity to students especially for the first time.

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