Book Dragon at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has a lovely write up.
School Library Journal has very kindly awarded the book a star. (I believe this is our third!)
In this warm, nondiscriminating narrative, O’Leary removes limiting definitions and labels like “adopted,” “fostered,” or “divorced” and instead presents a tale that is innocent and wise. Leng’s ink and digitally rendered watercolor illustrations are light and airy and complement the text by capturing the thoughts and purity of a child’s perspective. The classroom is a beautiful blend of children of different races, genders, and body types. VERDICT Parents, caregivers, and educators will appreciate the message that this story offers for one-on-one sharing and for discussion with small groups. A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.
Waking Brain Cells has a lovely look at the book with bonus points for use of the word "zings."
The response by readers on Goodreads has also been very positive. I'm particularly heartened to see favourable notices from those who may find themselves slightly outside their own comfort zone but willing to join in with a the celebration of all kinds of families.
And finally, quite literally a look at the book, provided by Kellie Diguangco who runs thekaleidoscopeca.
Regardless of beliefs, cultural norms and family configuration, children need people to love them. @123olearyo has written a beautiful story about families, and it was hard to choose just one page to share from this loving book. #QinLeng has a beautiful approach to illustrating serious subject matter. . "She asked my foster mother to point out her real children. 'Oh, I don't have any imaginary children,' Mom said. 'All my children are real.'" . This book is wonderfully empowering and a beautiful way to show children how to appreciate the uniqueness of their families. @groundwoodbooks . Age: 4 - 7!