One of my summer goals is to read Theo books about adoption or that reference adoption. One of the books we’ve been reading is “The Family Book” by Todd Parr.
It’s a fun and friendly book full of quirky cartoonish characters and colourful animals who make up various permutations and combinations of families. Some descriptions are realistic; some are silly. Among the families depicted are those with two moms or two dads, families that are small or large, noisy or quiet, and some that look like their pets. You get the picture.
One page shows an illustration of an adoptive family. When I read Theo the book for the first time, I slowed down on this page to let him know that the little penguin was adopted just like him. I mentioned the names of other adopted children that he knows repeating the word adopted so I might lay a few tracks down in his brain.
The second time I read Theo the book, he pointed at the little penguin standing on the mother duck’s back and said. “Doctor? That’s a doctor?” Then he pointed at the duck and said: “What’s that? A monster?”
How have your initial conversations gone with your small children about adoption?