Being Adopted

Book, Family, Social Issues

Being Adopted

By: Maxine B. Rosenburg & George Ancona
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1984
Age Level: 9-12
Language: English 
ISBN: 0-688-02672-9


Seven-year-old Rebecca, ten-year-old Andrei, and eight-year-old Karin behave like most children their age. They are active, curious, fun-seeking, and affectionate. They are also adopted.

Rebecca, Andrei, and Karin often think about their caring families and themselves. Sometimes they find their adoption hard to forget, for in keeping with recent trends, Rebecca, Andrei, and Karin have racial and cultural roots different from their adoptive families’. Even at home, it seems, they stand out.

With the same simplicity, sensitivity, and honesty that distinguished their first book, My Friend Leslie, author Maxine B. Rosenberg and photographer George Ancona document the inner lives of these three children, revealing their doubts, fears, satisfactions, and triumphs-feelings and experiences brought about by adoption. Being Adopted is a book about identity, about growing up, and, most of all, about love.