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Reviewed by Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers' Favorite
A Family of My Own by Terri Kelley is a beautiful book that depicts the world through the eyes of a child. And not only a child, but a foster child waiting for her forever family. The little girl in the story wonders what there is about her that keeps families from choosing her – is it something about the way she looks or acts or some invisible sign over her that others see even though she doesn’t? She hopes there is someone out there who is waiting for her just as she waits for them. Her perfect match. Her forever family. A great book to start a conversation with kids on the subject of foster care and adoption.
I feel so blessed by the fact that Terri Kelley takes the time to volunteer with organizations that help kids and then spreads the word about them through her books like A Family of My Own. The rhyming and sentences come across a bit choppy at times, but the concepts come across loud and clear: foster children long for homes and loving families. Yes, they have problems but they are still children in need of love. I know several families with foster and/or adopted kids, and A Family of My Own made me appreciate them more. The illustrations are vivid and stunning. They just grab your heart and bring you into the world of the hopeful child in a silent way that the words accentuate and develop to a fuller extent. All around delightful.