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Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

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Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#1 by bookowlie
» 29 May 2017, 12:53

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Here and There, Loving You Always" by Beverly Reynolds.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Here and There Loving You Always by Beverly Reynolds is an illustrated children’s book about a boy who was adopted at birth via an open adoption. It is written from the perspective of his biological mother. Although she gave him up for adoption, the woman explains that she loves him and that his adoptive parents love him, too. The story is written completely in rhyme with illustrations on alternate pages. The author was inspired to write this book by her own experiences adopting a child.

It is not explicitly stated what the descriptions of the boy’s life are based on. The birth mother is able to enjoy such milestones as the child learning his ABC’s and numbers, a first puppy, getting the lead part in a play, etc. I assume she keeps track of these occurrences from afar, but it’s not too clear. Does she actually have any physical interactions with the child or has she been keeping abreast of his progress through letters and photos from the adoptive parents?

The text is easy to follow with four short lines of text on each page. There is just enough detail to make the book interesting while still keeping a nice, rhythmic flow. The author illustrated the story with colorful and unique pictures that have the look of modern paintings. I also think kids would love the large, whimsical font used for the text, which is displayed against a bright orange background.

I was surprised to read in the Amazon summary that the book is geared toward readers who are eight to twelve years old. Based on the simplicity of the writing, short rhyming text, and picture book style, I think the target audience is more appropriately four to seven year olds. Certainly, an older child might also enjoy reading this story; however, I think kids ages eight and up are usually more interested in chapter books with a plot rather than rhyming picture books.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The premise of the story is wonderful and the emotions leap off the pages. I wouldn’t have hesitated to give the highest rating if it was clearer how the birth mother was keeping track of the boy’s life. I would recommend this book for adopted children as a symbol that they are surrounded by love from their birth, as well as adoptive, parents. It would also be a good choice for young readers who enjoy picture books written in rhyme.

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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 29 May 2017, 14:17

Sounds like a good book for adopted children and adoptive parents, especially as it is written from the perspective of a biological mother. Thank you for the great review!
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#3 by Amagine
» 29 May 2017, 14:50

I also think that this is an excellent book for adoptive children. I love that the book is in the perspective of the birth mother and explores her feelings. It's great for children to be able to read and try to understand why a parent may make certain choices but that the child is still loved. This is a great book that can be discussed within adoptive families too.

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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#4 by bookowlie
» 29 May 2017, 15:24

Thanks Gali and Amagine! I really liked the premise of the biological mother emphasizing how much she will always love the child, even though she gave him up.
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Post Number:#5 by Jaime Lync
» 29 May 2017, 15:55

This sounds like poetry enthusiasts such as me will enjoy this. Great review.
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Post Number:#6 by kandscreeley
» 29 May 2017, 16:06

Sounds like it could have a good message for certain kids who have been adopted or just introducing the concept of adoption. It does sound like it's more geared toward your readers though. Thanks for a thorough review.
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Post Number:#7 by excel247
» 29 May 2017, 18:15

The book is emotions packed but appeals more to adopted or orphaned children and parents.
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#8 by bookowlie
» 29 May 2017, 18:48

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I agree that the book is a nice way to introduce the concept of adoption to kids.
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Post Number:#9 by MarisaRose
» 30 May 2017, 16:58

Wow, this is definitely a topic I don't think is explored enough in children's books! Even for children who aren't adopted, it would be good for them to read a book like this so they could empathize with any children they may meet who are adopted. Very interesting review; I'm really glad the author's illustrations and emotions were well received.
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#10 by bookowlie
» 30 May 2017, 23:42

Thanks MarisaRose! I think adoption used to be one of those secrets many people didn't talk about. Nowadays it's more acceptable for parents and children to be more open and proud about it. That a good thing! It's nice to see a children's book that emphasizes that an adopted child is surrounded by love not only from his adoptive parents, but his biological mother.
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Post Number:#11 by Abdikadir haji
» 31 May 2017, 01:00

review here and there, the book is amazing. I would recommend for children especially the adopted ones. I also liked the biological mother's concern and how she was keeping tabs on her child's whereabouts. it's interesting book.
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#12 by hsimone
» 05 Jun 2017, 01:12

It is nice to have more and more children's books exploring topics that were once secrets and weren't really talked about. Like you, not knowing how the biological was keeping track of her son would also leave me curious, but it does seem like a good way to talk about adoption to children. Thank you, bookowlie, for the insightful review!
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Post Number:#13 by Spirit Wandering
» 05 Jun 2017, 19:16

It sounds like the author has written an important book for adoptive parents and children. Thanks for your review.
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#14 by Moniquejm
» 07 Jun 2017, 05:37

The book sounds like an attractive book for the kids because it has illustrations and pictures. However for the adults who will read the book, it seems like hanging because it has no complete story between the biological mother and the kid.
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Re: Official Review: Here and There, Loving You Always

Post Number:#15 by bookowlie
» 07 Jun 2017, 22:12

Thanks Moniquejm and Spirit Wandering for taking the time to read my review and post a comment. Moniquejm - since the book is a children's book, it's not really an issue whether adults might like the book.
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