A Place in My Heart by Mary Grossnickle
  

A Place in My Heart

Written by Mary Grossnickle
Illustrated by Alison Relyea

Synopsis

A Place in My Heart by Mary Grossnickle

Who are my birthparents? Is it okay to think about them? Can I care about all of my parents at once? A Place in My Heart tells the simple story of Charlie, a chipmunk adopted by a family of squirrels, who starts to wonder about his birthparents. At first he is scared that this might upset his family but feels much better when he talks to his mother. The story reassures children that it is okay to ask questions about their birthparents without upsetting their forever (adoptive) parents. This fully illustrated picture book for adopted children aged 2-5 gives you an opportunity to discuss adoption, birthparents, and the fact that our hearts are big enough to hold everyone we care about.

Reviews

This charming and realistic book helps children learn to talk about their feelings rather than act out. Charlie has big feelings about adoption, identity and birth parents and acts out his feelings. He is helped by his adopted mother to express his feelings in a positive way including an art project. The children I have used this book with love him and love doing the project. -- Regina M. Kupecky, social worker at The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, co-author of Adopting The Hurt Child, Parenting the Hurt child, A Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael's Journey and The Case of the Multiple Mothers I consider A Place In My Heart one of the very best books for young adopted children (and their parents) because it demonstrates how to make it 'OK

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. No surprise the book was written by an adult adoptee - she really 'gets it!

.pactadopt.org , author of Inside Transracial Adoption This story... highlights that you may not have an answer to all your child's questions, but if you can hold their emotions and be by their side, they can live without these answers. * Youth in Mind * A Place in My Heart is neither over nor understated in its dealings with adoption. The soft illustrations are well incorporated into the text and greatly enhance the narrative... It is evident that Mary Grossnickle is writing from experience. This is a comforting guide for parents and children alike who are dealing with adoption. -- Sasha Jawed * The School Librarian (SL) *

About the Author

Mary Grossnickle was a foster child and was adopted when she was three. She has worked in the field of adoption and foster care for the past 15 years, providing information, training and support to adoptive and foster families. Mary has received the prestigious Champion of Adoption Award, which recognizes a professional who is an advocate for children who joined a forever family through adoption. Currently, Mary works with the Coalition for Children, Youth and Families, an organization that provides support for adoptive and foster families and the professionals who serve them, Milwaukee USA.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
36 pages

Author

Mary Grossnickle
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Publisher

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Publication date

21st August 2014

ISBN

9781849057714


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