We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families

Booklist magazine reviews Todd Parr’s 2007 book, We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families:

“Popular author-illustrator Parr illustrates the rewards of family ties in this heartfelt, supportive book geared toward adopted children and their parents. In each double-page spread, Parr completes the phrase ‘We belong together because . . .’ with poignant explanations that touch upon basic, tangible needs (‘You needed a home . . . and I had one to share’) as well as emotional ones: ‘You needed someone to say “I love you” . . . and we had love to give. Now we all have someone to kiss goodnight.’ As in Parr’s The Family Book (2003), cheerful, friendly artwork, with thickly outlined forms and characters and a bold rainbow palette, inclusively depicts an array of children and families—including one with a single parent and one with two dads—and emphasizes the rewards of adoption for adults and children alike. Apart from the subtitle, the text never uses the word adoption nor refers to the adoption process, keeping the focus squarely on the universal joys of sharing hearth and heart.”

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