By Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher
“This beautifully illustrated, gentle adoption story stands out from most other treatments of the topic by honestly and reassuringly addressing the loss—of a birth family, a birth culture—inherent in adoption as well as the joy a new family experiences.
Here, Soo Min, a young Korean girl, is adopted by an American couple. Everything seems strange and new: She doesn't speak any English; her adoptive parents know little Korean. She finds comfort with Goyangi (‘cat’), who doesn't need language to communicate, whose fur she strokes when afraid and who ‘licked her hand with his towelly tongue’ when she is homesick for Korea.
A sensitive portrayal of international adoption, authentically and realistically done.”
Starred Kirkus Review
Dog Wants to Play
By Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Jeff Mack
"Subtle and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)" -Kirkus Review
Dog wants to play. When? Today!
But no one will play with Dog. Not the chick or the lamb, the calf or the pig. Poor Dog! Isn’t there one playmate who will play with Dog all day long? With its structure of rhyme and repetition, this is the perfect book to prepare children for reading, and Jeff Mack’s exuberant and funny pictures will keep them turning the pages to enjoy the fun.