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You were always in my heart : a Shaoey & Dot adoption story
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, 2013.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Geographic Term:
An abandoned Chinese baby who has been befriended by a ladybug finds her way to an orphanage where she is eventually adopted by an American family.


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A sweet and adorable story about the blessings of adoption.

You Were Always in My Heart is an endearing tale told from the point of view of a little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot goes with the little bundle as she is carried to the place "where babies come to be found" and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journeys toward finding a forever family.

Written by Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, this heartwarming tale is inspired by the true story of their adoption of three little girls from China and is a story of hope and faith for all families who have been blessed by a "little bundle of love."

Previously published as Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle .

Meets national education standards.

Author Notes

Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Together they founded Show Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the world's forgotten and abandoned children by providing financial assistance to families wishing to adopt, as well as increasing awareness of the orphan crisis and funneling resources to orphans both domestically and internationally. She is the president of Show Hope. They also write the Shaoey and Dot series of children's picture books. They have six children, three which were adopted from China.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

A letter to families prefacing the story explains the authors' inspiration: "Adoption is a perfect picture of what God has done for each of us." The Chapmans' third Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story, written in four-line rhymed stanzas from the perspective of a ladybug named Dot, tells of Dot's discovery and immediate attachment to a wiggling bundle in a basket and subsequent journey with the "creature." Arriving in a room filled with "dozens of almond-shaped eyes," Dot investigates, then tells her friend, "We are where mommies and daddies come looking/ to find special babies like you!" As the story progresses, geometric patterns on baskets, quilts, curtains, and cribs give way to rounder, softer lines in Jim Chapman's illustrations, painted in hues of green, gold, and blue. Dot, adorned with antenna barrettes, different shoes for each foot, and a hat, makes a visually entertaining companion whose promise of lifelong devotion foreshadows the adoptive parents' commitment. Despite occasionally awkward rhythms ("Cause if you know anything about ladybugs,/ You know they always keep their word"), the story is emotionally stirring. Ages 4-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.