Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Motherbridge of Love

Knowing a young child adopted from China, I read this book with interest. Motherbridge of Love is a gentle, poetic look at the relationship between an adopted Chinese girl and her two mothers. The poem, written anonymously by a mother of an adopted Chinese daughter, is simple and affirming of both roles, "One gave you a body, the other taught you games. One gave you a talent. The other taught you aims." The front piece depicts the poem in Chinese characters, and a source note offers information on the charity, Mother Bridge of Love. (http://www.motherbridge.org/)
The illustrations by Josee Masse are soft and weathered and inviting, showing beautiful nature-inspired scenes of the daughter and her mothers in China and the US.
A touching and heartfelt answer to an American Chinese child's question of "Where do I come from?" A book that is as beautiful to look at as it is to read.

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