by Molly McCluskey-Shipman (Author), Valerie Bouthyette (Illustrator)
Have you ever felt like others would think that you’re different? That’s exactly the way that Emma feels when her teacher announces the class project to create a family tree. Emma is certain that everyone in her class won’t understand and accept what it means to be adopted. Can she solve her dilemma?
Includes Chinese symbol scavenger hunt, vocabulary study, create-your-own family tree page, and a page to draw your family.
“I fell in love with Emma and her imaginative look at families. Who doesn’t love a monkey wearing glasses, or an alien on a hoverboard? The illustrations are charming, perfectly bringing to life the author’s important message that families come in all shapes and sizes. This is a wonderful story to share with children of all ages who feel that they might not fit in, and it highlights the fears of adopted children especially well. Bravo! to the author for addressing this topic in a heartfelt and child-friendly manner.
“As she contemplates some fantastic solutions to her problem, Emma begins to get a real sense of what the project is actually all about – and an idea of how to handle it by applying some, simple out-of-the-box thinking.
The answer to her problems lies not in a fertile imagination alone; but in the application of healthy dose of reality: a process that will delight young readers with good fantasy but, in the end, brings it all home – including vocabulary material, discussion questions, a Chinese symbolism game, and more.”
–D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review