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It's Cassidy—Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy—Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to inc It's Cassidy—Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy—Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to include them! Using their own family's story as a model, Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of families everywhere through this straightforward and insightful book.


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It's Cassidy—Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy—Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to inc It's Cassidy—Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life—with one big exception. Cassidy—Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to include them! Using their own family's story as a model, Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of families everywhere through this straightforward and insightful book.

30 review for Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The author of this book wrote this story to model off her own life showing how she and her husband adopted a baby girl from China. The story is written from the perspective of Cassidy-Li, a six year old who is preparing to do a presentation about herself for school. As Cassidy-Li makes a poster board with pictures of her life so far, we are introduced to her family and friends. I will say that I was put off that all of the Caucasian characters were obviously very different and unique, but when t The author of this book wrote this story to model off her own life showing how she and her husband adopted a baby girl from China. The story is written from the perspective of Cassidy-Li, a six year old who is preparing to do a presentation about herself for school. As Cassidy-Li makes a poster board with pictures of her life so far, we are introduced to her family and friends. I will say that I was put off that all of the Caucasian characters were obviously very different and unique, but when the illustrator drew pictures of the Chinese children, they all looked exactly the same. Cassidy-Li even looks like a twin with her best friend and her 'cousins' other children adopted from the same orphanage. However, I do like the aspect that Cassidy-Li thinks about her birth parents and how her adoptive parents are very honest and open about talking about the birth parents. It also shows her anxiety of sharing the poster and getting unwanted questions from classmates. I was disappointed that there weren't any questions from her classmates. Young children are curious and I don't think it it totally true to real life that they didn't ask Cassidy-Li anything about her adoption. I useful story for grades K-2 when discussing adoption.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms_Harris

    Six year old Cassidy-Li has been chosen to be “Star of the Week” for her kindergarten class. She carefully chooses items to put on her poster, but runs into a problem. Cassidy-Li was adopted from China and desperately wants to include a picture of her birth parents. Her solution to this dilemma is a lesson in resiliency. Star of the Week is inspired by the real life events of the author, Darlene Friedman, and illustrator, Roger Roth, who are also husband and wife. Friedman gently addresses the q Six year old Cassidy-Li has been chosen to be “Star of the Week” for her kindergarten class. She carefully chooses items to put on her poster, but runs into a problem. Cassidy-Li was adopted from China and desperately wants to include a picture of her birth parents. Her solution to this dilemma is a lesson in resiliency. Star of the Week is inspired by the real life events of the author, Darlene Friedman, and illustrator, Roger Roth, who are also husband and wife. Friedman gently addresses the questions, concerns, and emotions of an adopted child. Through the narrative, themes of cross-cultural/international adoption and cultural assimilation while maintaining cultural identity are also addressed. Roth’s realistic illustrations give the reader a sense that they are actually looking into a slice of real life. This is particularly true of the photos Cassidy-Li uses for her poster. This story could be used as a read-aloud for grades K-2, but would make a great buddy read book for a 3rd or 4th grade student to a younger student. Star of the Week could be used in conjunction with books that talk about families or adoption. It is truly a heartwarming read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Pegram

    Cassidy Li is the star of the week in her elementary school classroom. She is excited and nervous all at the same time as she prepares the poster about herself to share with her classmates. This sweet book is told in Cassidy Li's voice through the pictures she chooses to include on her poster. When she finishes, she realizes that something is missing - she does not have a picture of her birth parents. Adopted from China as an infant, Cassidy Li knows nothing about the parents who gave her life. Cassidy Li is the star of the week in her elementary school classroom. She is excited and nervous all at the same time as she prepares the poster about herself to share with her classmates. This sweet book is told in Cassidy Li's voice through the pictures she chooses to include on her poster. When she finishes, she realizes that something is missing - she does not have a picture of her birth parents. Adopted from China as an infant, Cassidy Li knows nothing about the parents who gave her life. So, she decides to draw them as she imagines they would be. This story contains adoptive parents who have open and honest discussions with their child about where she is from, why her birth parents may not have been able to take care of her, and the fact that it is ok to wish that they were in her life. It is a beautiful representation of what it means to be a parent. This book, although it is older, published in 1996, would be appropriate for grades 2 and above and could lead to discussions of identity, acceptance, adoption, and family that could be valuable for all kids, not just those who have experienced adoption.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate: k8thereader

    Such an interesting story with great illustrations!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a solidly good adoption book. Cassidy-Li was adopted as a baby from China. When it's her turn to be "star of the week" at school, she makes a poster about herself. When she realizes that she doesn't have a picture of her birth parents to include, she draws one. I really appreciate two things in particular about this book: it is the story of the adoptee (not the adoptive parents), told from her perspective and in her voice; and Cassidy-Li has questions and mixed feelings about her birth p This is a solidly good adoption book. Cassidy-Li was adopted as a baby from China. When it's her turn to be "star of the week" at school, she makes a poster about herself. When she realizes that she doesn't have a picture of her birth parents to include, she draws one. I really appreciate two things in particular about this book: it is the story of the adoptee (not the adoptive parents), told from her perspective and in her voice; and Cassidy-Li has questions and mixed feelings about her birth parents and being adopted. The illustrations are great and enhance the text. I read this book with my 6-year-old, and it started a conversation about the ways in which her adoption story is different from Cassidy-Li's, and the ways in which they are the same. Totally worth reading, and one of a growing number of books about adoption that centers the adoptee rather than the adoptive parents.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DeJa

    Star of the Week was a beautiful read. It really touched on hat every child who has been adopted would go through. She has concerns from the beginning about how people will take her story. She loves her family but she also loves her birth parents and still understands that their a very important part of her life. So her deciding to put them in her project and add them as a part of herself was her coming to terms with her life. The genre was about adoption and this topic really isn't discussed mu Star of the Week was a beautiful read. It really touched on hat every child who has been adopted would go through. She has concerns from the beginning about how people will take her story. She loves her family but she also loves her birth parents and still understands that their a very important part of her life. So her deciding to put them in her project and add them as a part of herself was her coming to terms with her life. The genre was about adoption and this topic really isn't discussed much for younger children but I think they represented it appropriate. The quality was amazing the pictures and words of this book where just enough for each child to understand.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aidalys Nazario

    I really liked this book because it tells a story about a little girl who is adopted and wants to share her story to her class mates. It shows a concept that all families are differently formed, whether it be from birth or adoption. I feel this book will go well with 5+ year old's. The illustration is very detailed and pretty. I believe it will capture the children's attention. I really liked this book because it tells a story about a little girl who is adopted and wants to share her story to her class mates. It shows a concept that all families are differently formed, whether it be from birth or adoption. I feel this book will go well with 5+ year old's. The illustration is very detailed and pretty. I believe it will capture the children's attention.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    I thought this was an okay book about adoption. Written by a White woman who is the adoptive mother of a Chinese daughter, the book is tender and detailed, and it was important to see the part where Cassidy-Li, the book's main character, thinks about, misses, and imagines her birth parents--and includes them on the poster she's making about herself for school. I thought this was an okay book about adoption. Written by a White woman who is the adoptive mother of a Chinese daughter, the book is tender and detailed, and it was important to see the part where Cassidy-Li, the book's main character, thinks about, misses, and imagines her birth parents--and includes them on the poster she's making about herself for school.

  9. 5 out of 5

    J-Lynn Van Pelt

    This is the first collaboration of a husband and wife team and is inspired by their own family’s international adoption story. In fact, the author and illustrator picture is one of them in China with their newly adopted baby, Eden. The story is told by an adorable six year old girl named Cassidy-Li. It is her turn in kindergarten to be the Star of the Week which means she gets to bring in food for the class and tell them all about her life. She is a little nervous about telling people that she is This is the first collaboration of a husband and wife team and is inspired by their own family’s international adoption story. In fact, the author and illustrator picture is one of them in China with their newly adopted baby, Eden. The story is told by an adorable six year old girl named Cassidy-Li. It is her turn in kindergarten to be the Star of the Week which means she gets to bring in food for the class and tell them all about her life. She is a little nervous about telling people that she is adopted and is worried about questions that her classmates might have. Cassidy-Li prepares for her big day by going through her memory box and putting pictures of her transracial family on a poster. The pictures show her participating in all sorts of events, like soccer and piano lessons, with a wide variety of family and friends. But, I love the fact the pictures also show her connecting with her Chinese culture through Saturday Chinese classes, dancing “wearing beautiful Chinese dresses,” and having an annual reunion with other girls or “cousins” who were adopted from the same Chinese orphanage. This active connection to her home culture is often missing in other Children’s books about international adoption. The heart of the story is Cassidy-Li’s sadness at not having any pictures of her birthparents to add to the poster. She says, “I think about my birth parents a lot. Sometimes I miss them. I was born to them. I am a part of them, and they are a part of me. I wonder what they look like. Are they nice? Where do they live? Why couldn’t they keep me? Do they miss me like I miss them?” Cassidy-Li decides to draw a picture of her birth parents which is complete with flowers and a big house and then decides that her poster board is perfect.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Genre: Realistic Fiction Review:Publishers Weekly Cassidy Li is going to be Star of the Week in her kindergarten class, and that means she gets to bring a snack (the titular brownies) and chronicle her life story on a poster. But as she reviews snapshots depicting favorite activities, pets, friends and family, she also realizes that, as a baby adopted in China, "something is missing. I don't have any photos of my birthparents." Her solution: adding a hand-drawn portrait of them to the photographic Genre: Realistic Fiction Review:Publishers Weekly Cassidy Li is going to be Star of the Week in her kindergarten class, and that means she gets to bring a snack (the titular brownies) and chronicle her life story on a poster. But as she reviews snapshots depicting favorite activities, pets, friends and family, she also realizes that, as a baby adopted in China, "something is missing. I don't have any photos of my birthparents." Her solution: adding a hand-drawn portrait of them to the photographic collage. Debuting author Friedman, who is also the wife of Roth (The American Story) and the parent of a Chinese daughter, doesn't try to smooth over the bittersweet elements of Cassidy Li's story, although she often veers into giving her heroine the voice and viewpoint of an empathic adult rather than that of a six-year-old ("Dad says our family loves my birthparents very much even though we'll never know them"). Roth's affectionate domestic vignettes bolster the story's authenticity considerably, and his vivid portrayal of the confident, thoughtful Cassidy Li speaks volumes about the unconditional love in her life. Ages 5-9. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Recommendation: 5-10 Years depending on the lesso/discussion associated with it Notes: Adoption

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Star of the Week is about a six year old girl Cassidy-Li, who has to present a poster to her kindergarten class about her family. Her project seems to be going well but she runs into a problem while trying to find a picture of her birth parents. She was adopted from China as a baby, so she doesn’t have any recollection or pictures of her birth parents. This narrative story would be good to use in the classroom because the author, Darlene Friedman, made sure that the main character kept in touch Star of the Week is about a six year old girl Cassidy-Li, who has to present a poster to her kindergarten class about her family. Her project seems to be going well but she runs into a problem while trying to find a picture of her birth parents. She was adopted from China as a baby, so she doesn’t have any recollection or pictures of her birth parents. This narrative story would be good to use in the classroom because the author, Darlene Friedman, made sure that the main character kept in touch with her native culture. She mentions how Cassidy-Li goes to Chinese school every Saturday, and she has a reunion with her Chinese “cousins” every year. Both the author and the illustrator connect with this book because they’re husband and wife, and they adopted their daughter from China. The illustrator and the author both make the text relatable to children. The pictures look very realistic. They resemble things that children might have seen before and are very recognizable. I’d use this text to show students how to create their own personal story about an event in their lives. Star of the Week is a good book to use when talking about diverse family structures because it reflects a positive experience on adoption. It also shows a few realities about how a child may feel after being adopted.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Allison Burke

    This narrative is about a young girl who was chosen to be the start student in her Kindergarten classroom, and gets the opportunity to share about herself and her life as an adopted child from China. Cassidy-Li, the main character, tells about her struggles with not knowing her birthparents as well as her struggles with telling her classmates about her adoption story (ex. She explains how she doesn’t like to talk about it). As a literacy teacher, I would use this to explain to students about how This narrative is about a young girl who was chosen to be the start student in her Kindergarten classroom, and gets the opportunity to share about herself and her life as an adopted child from China. Cassidy-Li, the main character, tells about her struggles with not knowing her birthparents as well as her struggles with telling her classmates about her adoption story (ex. She explains how she doesn’t like to talk about it). As a literacy teacher, I would use this to explain to students about how some children are adopted and that they shouldn’t be ashamed. I could ask the students several questions about anyone they know who is adopted. I could also ask them what makes their family special (ex. In the story, Cassidy-Li talks about her grandfather and her cousins). The author, Darlene Friedman, wrote this story for her adopted daughter from China, Eden. She does a fantastic job of telling the story through the eyes of a little girl. Roger Roth, the illustrator, does a great job at illustrating what the young girl is telling about. This story teaches about adoption and how some children may struggle with questions about being adopted. This book presents this awareness through the child’s perspective and shows that it’s normal for children to feel confused at times.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a beautiful picture book about an adoption story. The author and illustrator are a husband/wife team, and the story is written for their adopted Chinese daughter, Eden. It follows six-year-old Cassidy-Li's turn to be "star of the week" at school, and her preparations for her big day, including the preparation of the assignment most adoptive families dread--the all about me poster. (Many of us have had the "what to do about a baby photo" conversation at our homes). In this story, Cassidy- This is a beautiful picture book about an adoption story. The author and illustrator are a husband/wife team, and the story is written for their adopted Chinese daughter, Eden. It follows six-year-old Cassidy-Li's turn to be "star of the week" at school, and her preparations for her big day, including the preparation of the assignment most adoptive families dread--the all about me poster. (Many of us have had the "what to do about a baby photo" conversation at our homes). In this story, Cassidy-Li wants to acknowledge both her birth-parents and her adoptive parents in her school presentation, but she doesn't know anything about her biological parents. It also acknowledges the innate grief and loss of not knowing one's birth-parents, in a real, thoughtful and not-melodramatic way. In the end, Cassidy-Li finds a solution to the questions that works for her, and there's no drama at school. This might be a great reader for a child who is anxious, or is having trouble acknowledging their grief or explaining their adoption story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Cassidy-Li is to be "star-of-the-week" in her classroom. She gets to bake a treat for her class and make a poster all about her and present it. Cassidy-Li has lots of pictures for her poster. Like the picture with her parents when they adopted her from China. And the pictures of her cousins. There's the soccer picture and the picture of piano lessons. When Cassidy-Li has put all of her pictures on her poster and decorated it the way she wants to, she still feels that something is missing. Then s Cassidy-Li is to be "star-of-the-week" in her classroom. She gets to bake a treat for her class and make a poster all about her and present it. Cassidy-Li has lots of pictures for her poster. Like the picture with her parents when they adopted her from China. And the pictures of her cousins. There's the soccer picture and the picture of piano lessons. When Cassidy-Li has put all of her pictures on her poster and decorated it the way she wants to, she still feels that something is missing. Then she realizes that she doesn't have a picture of her birthparents. After having many discussions with her parents about why her birthparents couldn't keep her Cassidy-Li understands that families are families no matter how they are made and where they come from. Cassidy-Li decides to draw a picture of her birthparents since she doesn't have a picture. Then she feels ready to be star-of-the-week!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Swift

    Friedman and Roth have created a charming story that spotlights Cassidy's preparations for her turn to be Star of the Week. The illustrations and text capture her excitement and the many activities she completes to ready herself for her turn in the spotlight. Because Cassidy was adopted from China , she has extra facts to share that set her apart from her classmates. Friedman handles Cassidy's concerns well, in a way that reveals her struggles yet depicts her as confident and capable. The story Friedman and Roth have created a charming story that spotlights Cassidy's preparations for her turn to be Star of the Week. The illustrations and text capture her excitement and the many activities she completes to ready herself for her turn in the spotlight. Because Cassidy was adopted from China , she has extra facts to share that set her apart from her classmates. Friedman handles Cassidy's concerns well, in a way that reveals her struggles yet depicts her as confident and capable. The story will appeal to all kids who have a chance to be Star of the Day (or something similar.) It will resonate especially well with children who were adopted--whether it was international, from foster care or by private placement.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    When this new book came in, I wasn't immediately drawn to it. I find "message" books, particularly those dealing with specific situations like foreign adoptions to be tedious. This book, however, is charming, and has more appeal, as it talks about all the things that make a person special. I especially like the part where the young girl recalls how it sometimes makes her uncomfortable to talk about the adoption, but that her parents told her it was ok to tell people that it is private. I also pa When this new book came in, I wasn't immediately drawn to it. I find "message" books, particularly those dealing with specific situations like foreign adoptions to be tedious. This book, however, is charming, and has more appeal, as it talks about all the things that make a person special. I especially like the part where the young girl recalls how it sometimes makes her uncomfortable to talk about the adoption, but that her parents told her it was ok to tell people that it is private. I also particularly like that this book is light on text, and not heavy on conveying the message, suitable for pre-k-up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex Fairhill

    This is one of the better books I've come across in its portrayal of adopted children. The narrative focuses on Cassidy-Li's feelings and emotions about not knowing her birth parents; a situation not just limited to overseas adoptees. It is refreshing to see that 'difference' is not the main theme of the book, unlike so many others that focus on physical looks and cultural differences. The story is warm and engaging, and Cassidy-Li is a likeable character, making this book ideal for adopted childr This is one of the better books I've come across in its portrayal of adopted children. The narrative focuses on Cassidy-Li's feelings and emotions about not knowing her birth parents; a situation not just limited to overseas adoptees. It is refreshing to see that 'difference' is not the main theme of the book, unlike so many others that focus on physical looks and cultural differences. The story is warm and engaging, and Cassidy-Li is a likeable character, making this book ideal for adopted children to read, and also helping to explain the feelings of adopted children to non-adopted readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rcltigger

    Cassidy-Li is six years old and it's her turn to be Star of the Week at school. She gets to bring in a special treat and share a poster about herself. Cassidy-Li is adopted and I really like the way the book handled Cassidy's sharing of her adoption story with her classmates. The book also touched on some of the feelings that she has about her birthparents and being adopted, so this book would be a wonderful resource for other school-age adopted children who have to do assignments regarding thei Cassidy-Li is six years old and it's her turn to be Star of the Week at school. She gets to bring in a special treat and share a poster about herself. Cassidy-Li is adopted and I really like the way the book handled Cassidy's sharing of her adoption story with her classmates. The book also touched on some of the feelings that she has about her birthparents and being adopted, so this book would be a wonderful resource for other school-age adopted children who have to do assignments regarding their family tree.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It's Cassidy-Li's turn to be Star of the Week in her classroom. She takes readers through the story of her family as she prepares her poster about herself. She was adopted from China and she wonders about her birth parents. The author/illustrator duo are writing from experience here which makes this story so realistic and fabulous. Cassidy-Li is a character readers can easily love. Her mixed emotions are such an important part of this book. This is a book I'd recommend to families who adopt, esp It's Cassidy-Li's turn to be Star of the Week in her classroom. She takes readers through the story of her family as she prepares her poster about herself. She was adopted from China and she wonders about her birth parents. The author/illustrator duo are writing from experience here which makes this story so realistic and fabulous. Cassidy-Li is a character readers can easily love. Her mixed emotions are such an important part of this book. This is a book I'd recommend to families who adopt, especially as a gift book. PreK-2.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    This book is paticularly good for helping a child who has been adopted to face the dreaded assignment at school: Talk about your family or make a family tree. It is a common experience for children who have been adopted to really struggle with assignments like this. The main character Cassidy-Li struggles when she doesn't have a picture of her birth family for a Family Show & Tell. With the help of her family she comes up with a solution to celebrate both of her families. This book is paticularly good for helping a child who has been adopted to face the dreaded assignment at school: Talk about your family or make a family tree. It is a common experience for children who have been adopted to really struggle with assignments like this. The main character Cassidy-Li struggles when she doesn't have a picture of her birth family for a Family Show & Tell. With the help of her family she comes up with a solution to celebrate both of her families.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan MacDonald

    I have not come across many books about adoption, and this is a great one! The main character, Cassidy-Li is preparing for her presentation all about her for school. We are shown her birth parents, her adoptive parents, her family, and her feelings as all these things were happening in her life. This story could also be read in the beginnig of the year to encourage children to be proud of who they are no matter where they come from or what their family is like.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Zinsmeister

    This book is about adoption and the little girls struggle with talking about her family for a project. The girl wants to also tell about her biological family but doesn't know much about them. Her parents show her that she can be proud of where she came from while appreciating where she is now. This is another great one to incorporate into your classroom library. You never know which of your students will relate and be touched by books in your class. This book is about adoption and the little girls struggle with talking about her family for a project. The girl wants to also tell about her biological family but doesn't know much about them. Her parents show her that she can be proud of where she came from while appreciating where she is now. This is another great one to incorporate into your classroom library. You never know which of your students will relate and be touched by books in your class.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Ms. Friedman presents a book on international adoption. She lost me with the addition of the "star of the week" format. Having been in a family of children who have joined our family through this type of adoption, I thought it was too weighed down with fluff that didn't focus on what it should have. I also thought too much focus was put onto the birth parents. Just a different book and there are much better ones out there. Ms. Friedman presents a book on international adoption. She lost me with the addition of the "star of the week" format. Having been in a family of children who have joined our family through this type of adoption, I thought it was too weighed down with fluff that didn't focus on what it should have. I also thought too much focus was put onto the birth parents. Just a different book and there are much better ones out there.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh Dunning

    It was a nice story about a girl named Cassidy-Li who is the star of the week. She gets to share a poster about herself and bring a special treat as well. In decorating the poster she wants to include a picture of her birth parents but she does not have one. She figures out what to do. " I think about my birth parents a lot. Sometimes I miss them. I was born to them. I am apart of them, and they are apart of me." It was a nice story about a girl named Cassidy-Li who is the star of the week. She gets to share a poster about herself and bring a special treat as well. In decorating the poster she wants to include a picture of her birth parents but she does not have one. She figures out what to do. " I think about my birth parents a lot. Sometimes I miss them. I was born to them. I am apart of them, and they are apart of me."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jillberry

    What a WONDERFUL book! As the mother of a daughter from China who is starting kindergarten, I think this book really captures the "sensitive" issues just the way they would be viewed by a child in the character's shoes. And it does so while celebrating what it means to be a loving family - no matter how families are made. Fantastic! What a WONDERFUL book! As the mother of a daughter from China who is starting kindergarten, I think this book really captures the "sensitive" issues just the way they would be viewed by a child in the character's shoes. And it does so while celebrating what it means to be a loving family - no matter how families are made. Fantastic!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bernice

    This book reminded of so many of my old students. I definitely connected to the main character, for I have had many students that were adopted. So many of them at a younger age struggle with finding their place in their family, as well as learning exactly what a family is. It is a wonderful story of family, adoption, and taking pride in whom you are.

  27. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    A young girl tells the story of her adoption from Asia and life with her family as she makes her "Star of the Week" poster to share with her classroom. Colorful pencil and watercolor illustrations show her as a baby in China with her new parents, and in America with her best friends and family members. This cheerful book will especially be enjoyed by children who are adopted themselves. A young girl tells the story of her adoption from Asia and life with her family as she makes her "Star of the Week" poster to share with her classroom. Colorful pencil and watercolor illustrations show her as a baby in China with her new parents, and in America with her best friends and family members. This cheerful book will especially be enjoyed by children who are adopted themselves.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Sublett

    This book would help adopted students feel comfortable and represented in the classroom. Teachers could set out books about families the first week of class to help create community through acceptance of one another. Students will be able to discover the different types of families that make up the world. This would be appropriate for students in kindergarten through second grade.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    An adopted girl, Star, finally has her turn at being the star of the week! She gets to make a poster with all of her family on it- except she has no pictures of her real parents! She overcomes this by drawing a picture of them. Classroom: Great for cultural differences, and exploring the idea of adoption and how it's not very different from any other family. An adopted girl, Star, finally has her turn at being the star of the week! She gets to make a poster with all of her family on it- except she has no pictures of her real parents! She overcomes this by drawing a picture of them. Classroom: Great for cultural differences, and exploring the idea of adoption and how it's not very different from any other family.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paris

    This book can be read at a range of grade levels. It is about a girl who was adopted from China and is nervous about being chosen as a star student. I like this book because it talks about feelings children may experience if they're adopted and offers them assurance. This book can be read at a range of grade levels. It is about a girl who was adopted from China and is nervous about being chosen as a star student. I like this book because it talks about feelings children may experience if they're adopted and offers them assurance.

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