Read or sung, the excitement and love of new adoptive parents rings through these verses, which reassure adopted children that they are wanted, loved, and special. Full-color illustrations.Read or sung, the excitement and love of new adoptive parents rings through these verses, which reassure adopted children that they are wanted, loved, and special. Full-color illustrations.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-01 In the century between Napoleon and WWI, only one major international war was fought among the European powers. Faintly understood, the Crimean War--which pitted Britain and France with the Ottoman Empire against Russia--was the war that made Florence Nightingale famous. But although it was arguably the hinge upon which much subsequent history turned, little is known about it, or remembered--except for the charge of the Light Brigade. (Indeed, two of the British commanders who served there--Lords Raglan and Cardigan--are known more for their contributions to fashion than for their military deeds.) In Crimea, Royle (Winds of Change: The End of Empire in Africa) remedies this situation. A writer and journalist specializing in military history, he covers not just the Crimea, but also the entire Black Sea region in his beautifully written study. He describes the diplomatic maneuverings that passed between the belligerents and their potential allies (like the United States), and he thoughtfully considers the causes, conduct and consequences of the war. And although he provides a massive amount of detail, it is a testament to his skill that the details never overwhelm the narrative. Thorough and informative, this scholarly book will interest readers of history and military history alike; for the present, it also stands as the definitive treatment of the Crimean War. Illus. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-08-05 Inspired by a friend's tradition, noted children's singer/songwriter McCutcheon created this original song for those who might like to mark a special anniversary in their family's lifeŠadoption day. His thoughtful lyrics (the score is included, of course) emphasize the joy and wonder of the eventŠ"Out of a world so tattered and torn,/ You came to our house on that wonderful morn/ And all of a sudden this family was born"Šand there's a rousing chorus just right for a festive party. In a move sure to accommodate many adoptive families, Paschkis (So Sleepy/Wide Awake) pictures the parents as white and the baby as Asian. Her gouache illustrations have a strong hint of traditional Scandinavian folk art, updated by bold color combinations, and they lend themselves particularly well to the multiethnic cast of friends and family with which she peoples each page. For a pleasingly themed read-aloud or gift, pair this volume with Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell's equally merry Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (reviewed below). Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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