NiniBook - 2011
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Even before she was born, Nini could hear the voice of her birth mother. She could hear promises and love in that soft voice. When she was born, she felt the gentle hands of her mother holding her, and she could feel the love in those hands.
The next day, the voice and hands were replaced by those of orphanage caregivers, who, although kind, were unfamiliar. Nini, like many of the other babies in the orphanage, cried.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a man and a woman who dreamed of having a family were overjoyed to learn that they could finally adopt a child. They traveled to China, met Nini, and held her. Nini knew immediately that loving arms and hands were holding her once again and that loving words were being spoken.
In a few days, the new family flew to Canada.
As time passed and Nini grew older, she thrived in her new home, knowing that she was loved and cherished by her adoptive parents, while always remembering her birth mother’s love and the land where her “roots had begun to grow”.
The profound message, the poetic language and the beautifully textured illustrations are combined in this exquisite picture book that is sure to touch a chord with both children and adults, especially (but not exclusively) in adoptive families. Created by Quebec illustrator/author Francois Thisdale as a tribute to his own child, the book is dedicated “To Nini, my little flower from Shanxi.”
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