Colloquial Amharic by David Appleyard
This book was a lifesaver for me along with the CD. I was able to learn just enough Amharic to be able to communicate with my toddler (Little Man) when I brought him home from Ethiopia. In fact, I could understand more Amharic than I could speak that came in helpful during my time in Addis Ababa.
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My son loves this book, and the illustrations a just whimsical enough to allow the reader to imagine their own story within it's pages.
Given to us as a gift from some family friends that have also adopted from Ethiopia, this book is one of my all time favorites. The gentle, detail work in the watercolor illustrations gives a dreamlike quality to the story. Little Man and I can easily imagine ourselves as the mother fox and her little kit. It even addresses the waiting (and waiting) of an adoptive family as they try to be patient until the referral call comes.
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
This story touches on the questions children sometimes have regarding how their family formed through adoption might 'look' different from other families. Little Man and I literally read this every night for the entire first year he was home.
Kisses for Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark
Prepare to be humbled. If I ever start to think that the struggle to bring home two is a long journey, I only have to think about this true, ongoing story to make an attitude adjustment. http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/
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