ABOUT WONDERFUL YOU
By Lauren McLaughlin, Illustrated by Meilo So
A lyrical adoption story that tenderly addresses a baby’s transition from the care of her birth mother to that of her adoptive parents.
This lovely poem illuminates the role of an adopted child’s birth mother, respecting her choice to give her child to a loving family. We follow a mother’s journey as she carries her child, searches for deserving parents, and ultimately creates a new family. The story offers a version of the process that is full of warmth, care, and joy.
An adoptive mother herself, author Lauren McLaughlin was glad for an opportunity to memorialize her family’s own fairy tale, and Meilo So’s ethereal illustrations breathe magic into an already wondrous experience.
“The bright pencil and watercolor illustrations, sometimes exuberant, sometimes dreamy, joyously spill across two-page spreads, aptly capturing the happiness generated through familiar activities…equally effective for storytime or for one-on-one snuggling, this is a lovely addition to adoption literature.”
“This poetic tribute to the joyful union of a family and their adopted child greets readers with colorful pen and watercolor vistas and the flowing movement of fantasy flight. … an especially good option where there’s a gap in adoption titles.”
—School Library Journal
“Characters may defy the laws of gravity, but their radiant, almost musical joy speaks to the reward of magical thinking, and the poignancy of emotional truths.”