Title: Yafi’s Family
Author: Linda Pettitt
Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Publisher: Amharic Kids; 2010
Suitable for: 4 – 8 years
Topics: Adoption, Family, Love, People & Places: Ethiopia
“Raaah!” “Yafi, you Big Little Lion – you scared me! Ethiopian grandma Elsa would be very proud of that roar!”
Book Summary: An Ethiopian boy’s journey of love, loss and adoption. Yafi (Yafee), his parents, and two sisters, eight-year-old Kari and ten-year-old Anna, remember his early life and his adoption experience by telling stories, revisiting memories, and looking at photographs. Yafi's Family is the story of love, loss, and a boy's discovery of how wide and how deep the bonds of family can be.
Links to resources:
10 Five Minute Bonding Activities for Foster and Adopted Children
Games and Activities to promote Attachment
Waiting to Belong has some wonderful tips for helping families bond with their adoptive children.
Multi-Cultural Coloring Pages
Why I like this book:
This is a very heartwarming story that shares all the emotions of what families go through during the adoption process. I admit I fought back tears to no avail. Yafi’s Family is a loving tale of adoption from other cultures. I love that this family doesn’t take away his memories of his birth family. The story is told in the style of a conversation between Yafi and his adoptive family as they remember the day they met Yafi, how he adjusted to his new life with them and even validate his feelings of missing a mother he never really knew.
I think this book is great for families who are in all stages of adoption as it shows the different challenges and rewards that adoptive families go through when they open their hearts and homes to children, including challenges of adopting an older child who still has memories of his birth family.