Sunday, November 28, 2010

Book Review: ADOPTED ED by Darren Maddern

My husband adopted my biological son, Nate, when he was only 8 months old. My husband and I never put a difference between Nate or his siblings. As Nate grew older, he began to ask questions about his biological father. We both was opened and honest with him. I had the opportunity to review the ADOPTED ED book with my grand-daughter (Nate's daughter). This book was interest as well as informative. I would recommend this book to anyone that's been adopted or know someone in your family that's been adopted.

is a simple, easy-to-read and understand children’s book with important underlying messages of personal empowerment and social pressures and acceptance.

It focuses on the life of Eddie, an adopted little boy, who is just like every other boy and girl. At school, when he is teased by bullies about being adopted, his mom offers words of wisdom, which ultimately gives him self-confidence to deal with the situation.

This book teaches us that being different is okay and in fact, should be celebrated (“I’m adopted, I’m special,” he proclaimed aloud. Then he said it again and grew very proud.”). This message could not be more applicable for children growing up in today’s environment where bullying – simply because of one’s hair color, race or size - has become a national epidemic. Adults, just like Eddie’s mom, also need to embrace their responsibility of educating children to help them understand the concepts of tolerance, patience and kindness. Instilling these principles begin at home, which will nurture a child’s self-confidence over time.

Thus, this book is for everybody - not just those who are adopted - as everybody is different in his or her own way.

ADOPTED ED is a substantial children’s book in that it cleverly conveys real messages in the reality of today’s world that is filled with social pressures. Yet, it is communicated in a straightforward, entertaining fashion that even a child can grasp. While the title suggests that ADOPTED ED is simply a story about an adopted boy named Ed, what it’s really about on a broader scale is one of education. Hence, ADOPTED ED-ucation.

ADOPTED ED concludes with a section of famous people who were adopted.

About the Author, Darren Maddern:

Born in England, Darren was adopted when he was only 10 days old by Don and Dolly Maddern, an American military couple. To this day, Darren still enjoys a close relationship with his British family. He also had an extremely close relationship with his adoptive parents, who always encouraged his journey through life.

Throughout his life Maddern has been asked about being adopted. Through candidly sharing his story, he’s helped many adoptees, parents of adopted children and parents considering adoption.

ADOPTED ED is dedicated to both his adopted and biological parents with a special dedication to his mom, Dolly Maddern who passed away in 2000 and his pops, Don Maddern who joined her in 2009. It's also dedicated to every adopted man, woman and child to remind them that they too are indeed – SPECIAL.

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