Letter of Love from China by Bonnie Cuzzolino has to be one of the most touching children's stories I've read in a long time.
A birth mother from China writes a letter to her daughter who has been adopted by a family from another country. This mother describes why she was forced to give her child up for adoption, tells her child all about the village she was born in, the pain this mother felt at having to let her go, and of the day her adoptive family came to China to bring her home. Lastly, it reminds this child how much she is still loved by her birth family.
I could not get through this book without crying. As the mother of three children, I know I could never stand to be parted with one of my own. The courage and the strength of this unnamed mother shines through in every word she has tenderly written to her daughter.
The illustrations by Jax Bennett are as stunningly beautiful as the prose. My favorite illustration is the cover art, which also happens to appear on the last page of the book where this mother has told her daughter to "look to the light of the moon that sets over the world in the night sky" to see her face, which is reflected in the child's beautiful face, if she ever starts wondering about her birth mother.
Letter of Love from China will touch the hearts of all adoptive families. This book is truly a must read!
Title: Love Letter from China Author: Bonnie Cuzzolino Publisher: Plum Blossom Books ISBN: 1-4243-0236-6 U.S. Price: $17.95