Book Review: “Wonderful You: An Adoption Story”

“Wonderful You: An Adoption Story”

By Lauren McLaughlin, Illustrated by Meilo So

Random House, 2017, ISBN: 978-0-553-51001-0, $17.99, 40 pages

Adoption is a unique way to join a family, and “Wonderful You” illustrates how that process works in this bright, colorful children’s book. The story includes a prospective birth mother, “lady in blue,” who is searching for someone to raise her unborn child, “Wonderful You.” When “lady in blue” finds the perfect family, “Wonderful You” is given a new home with her new parents when she is born. The new family spends time doing all sorts of fun activities together, such as reading books and riding bikes.

This book could work well for any child adopted as an infant. A simple read, “Wonderful You” could be nice bedtime story for young children to help normalize their adoption story. It could also help adoptive parents open the door to more conversations over time.

— Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel

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