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Motherbridge of love
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1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Featured in Time Magazine's Top Ten Children's Books when it was first published, this beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and adopted child in a special way. Through the exchanges, between a little girl born in China and her adoptive parent, this title offers a poignant and inspiring message to adoptive parents and children all over the world. Text royalties are donated to the charity The Mothers' Bridge of Love, founded by bestselling author Xinran. ALL AGES AUTHOR: The Mothers' Bridge of Love is a charity that reaches out to Chinese children all over the world, in order to create a bridge of understanding between China and the West, and between adoptive culture and birth culture. It has three missions: to bridge the gap between the East and the West, promoting cultural awareness and understanding; to bridge the gap between adoptive parents and the adopted Chinese children, helping the children find their cultural roots; and to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, providing educational and other forms of support to children living in poor rural areas of China. The Mothers' Bridge of Love is based in central London. Josee Masse grew up in Canada, where she painted with her father in his studio from as long as she can remember. After college, she worked as a graphic designer for a few years, before deciding to become a full-time illustrator. SELLING POINTS: * Adoption: Clear, uplifting message for readers -- that adopted children have two mothers who show their love in different ways. * Unforgettable Artwork: Josee Masse's luminous acrylic artwork brings the book's message to life in unexpected ways. * Charitable Cause: Text royalties support The Mothers' Bridge of Love, a charity dedicated to young children in the West from China. Colour illustrations

Author Notes

Xinran was born in 1958. After a career in the army, she became a journalist in the late 1980's, working as a radio broadcaster. A professor of psychology, Xinran is now living in England. She will be at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival in 2015.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This brief verse offers alternating snapshots of qualities and nurturing bestowed, and hopes shared, by a birth mother and her adopted child's mother, "who never knew each other," but are pivotal in the life of a lithe and lively Chinese girl. "One became your guiding star; the other became your sun" accompanies an illustration of the child swinging on a star toward her adoptive mother. In another picture, the Chinese mother is depicted blowing bubbles in which her daughter is shown enjoying life-playing with a hula hoop, riding a scooter, and sharing a book with her adoptive mother. Elsewhere the two women are featured with their forms blending together, one contemplating her pregnant body with a smile, the other lovingly embracing her daughter. Masse's soothing paintings, predominantly in blues and greens, are exceptional, and infuse this lyrical poem with a sweet tenderness. While it is particularly relevant to adoptive children from China and their families, the story has resonance for anyone involved in an adoption. The Chinese version of the text is provided, as are source notes about the mission of the charity Mothers' Bridge of Love. Debbie Blackington's Mama's Wish/Daughter's Wish (Pebbleton, 2004) has a similar theme but a longer text, and does not include the birth mother's viewpoint. This would be a wonderful addition to most libraries, and is an essential purchase for those with a demand for adoption titles.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This book shares its name with a London-based organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding of Chinese life and culture among adoptive families in the West. The text, credited to an anonymous adoptive mother, takes the form of a series of heartfelt, parallel musings about two women "who never knew each other" but who are central to a sprightly Chinese girl. "The first one gave you life; the second taught you to live it.... One found a home for you that she could not provide, the other prayed for a child; her hope was not denied." Masse (Goodnight, Sweet Pig) echoes this dreamy lyricism with gently surreal illustrations rendered in a texture like shot silk. Her treatment of the birth mother merits particular interest: on some spreads, she portrays the woman relatively realistically, carrying water in her village or gazing down at her pregnant belly. But in other spreads, the mother is transformed into a benevolent spirit; readers will notice her Asian features in the moon that shines down on the adoptive mother and child, and even in the mountain that the pair traverse during a hike or in a dramatic sky. It's a risky artistic choice, but Masse pulls it off in an understated way that offers comfort and encouragement to parents and children. A portion of the proceeds benefits Mother Bridge of Love. Ages 4-10. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Simple, lyrical language and gorgeous art make this more than just another adoption story. The words are an anonymous poem, which is directed right to the child-listener: Two different lives shaped to make you one. The first one gave you life; the second taught you to live it. / The first gave you a need for love; the second was there to give it. / One gave you a body; the other taught you games. / One gave you a talent; the other taught you aims. The sentiment is exactly right loving, caring, and thoughtful and the stylized acrylic illustrations, in thick brush strokes and swirling shapes, evoke the lyrical tone with grace and elegance. Page composition and the juxtaposition of the two mothers (one Asian, the other with long, reddish hair) on each spread is especially effective: the evocative book jacket displays two hands forming a heart that frames a happy little girl. Motherbridge of Love is a charity founded by Xue Xinran, an acclaimed Chinese journalist and broadcaster, who acquired the poem, which was submitted by one of the charity's adoptive mothers. Both beautiful and heartfelt, this quiet book instills self-esteem as it demonstrates how our many parts blend together into a wonderful whole.The poem is printed in Chinese in the front.--Cummins, Julie Copyright 2007 Booklist