Bringing Asha Home

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamel Akib.

This is a picture book for older children which celebrates adoption.  Arun is celebrating Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to siblings, and wishes that he had a little brother or sister.  Soon he finds out that his wish is coming true and his family is adopting a baby from India.  But the family faces many delays in Asha joining their family.  It is almost a year before Asha finally joins their family.

In the year that Arun has to wait for Asha to arrive, he experiences lots of genuine fears and feelings about his new sister.  It is well written and offers a real look at the ups and downs of an older sibling facing an adoption, especially an international one. 

Recommend this to families adopting, but also to teachers and others who would like to use it to discuss feelings or families.  It is the right length to use with first through third graders for reading aloud. 

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