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Long before Nini was born, she was in a safe place where a familiar voice promised her a loving home. But once she was born, that soft voice was replaced by the words of care givers in an orphanage. Though they were kind, Nini missed the soft voice and the promises it made. Then, one day, a man and a woman on the other side of the world learned that their dreams were about to come true. They would finally have a baby to love. When they all met, Nini once again heard a soft voice, as reassuring and as loving as the first, and trusted that the promises had come true. But her first memory was never lost--it remained an echo for her to share with her parents in her new home.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781770492707
Branch Call Number: Picture Book Thisdale
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm


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Mar 09, 2016

Good book , touching story about life , belonging and home .

lilmisslibrary Feb 06, 2012

An absolutely beautiful story about a love, family, promises and home.
Have tissues.


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SPL_Childrens Apr 05, 2012

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lilmisslibrary Feb 06, 2012

lilmisslibrary thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


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SPL_Childrens Apr 05, 2012

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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