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We See the Moon

by Carrie A. KitzeEMK Press; $16.95



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Carrie Kitze’s story for children is written from an adopted child’s perspective. We See the Moon asks the questions about birthparents that are often unspoken: What do you look like? Where are you now? Do you think of me? In a sea of titles that explain the adoption process rather than how it feels to be adopted, We See the Moon—simple, hopeful, and beautiful—stands alone.
We See the Moon’s central theme comes from a song: “I see the moon, the moon sees me…Please let the moon that comforts me, comfort the one I love.” The heroine of the story uses the moon to connect with the birth family that is always present in her imagination. Brightly colored folk art paintings complement the text.
The message that all lives are lived under the same moon is deeply moving. We See the Moon transforms the sadness of separation into a healing experience, finding universes of belonging that soften the void of absent birthparents. Every adoption triad member, child or adult, needs a copy of this timeless story that takes hold of you gently and won't let go.
Reviewed by Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg, directors of Pact, An Adoption Alliance.

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