Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Oliver: A Story About Adoption

a picture book by Lois Wickstrom, illustrated by Priscilla Marden

Oliver is a story about a little adopted alligator named Oliver.

Angry with his parents for sending him to his room, Oliver wonders about his birth parents. What were they like? Oliver fantasizes that they might be astronauts, or maybe trapeze artists, or even scientists. But, Oliver realizes that he loves his parents just as much as he would have loved them had they been his birth parents instead of adoptive parents.

Oliver is a book that children (not just adopted) can easily relate to. Why? Oliver finds out in this book that it doesn't matter if you're adopted or not: Sometimes, kids just wish for different parents. In this book, Oliver learns that the fantasy is not unique to adopted kids.

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