Self-Esteem Angel™ Series Book 7
Kyle is adopted and realizes he needs to help children look at adoption as a positive experience, not something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. Based on a true story, the Self-Esteem Angels and Kyle discuss how to build the self-esteem of adopted children. This heartwarming story is filled with tips like: how to answer questions about family and talking about birth Moms. Practical tips from Kyle’s Mom, for adoptive parents are also weaved into the plot.
Chapter Book with ink drawings
Age Range: 5-12+
Format: Paperback, 50 pp
Pub Date: December 2009
Publisher: Angel Books
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Kyle, his Mom, and his Dad were at the cabin on the lake with his Grandma and Papa. His aunt and cousins were also part of the group sitting around the fire pit. They were laughing and having fun. They were telling stories, poking the fire and roasting marshmallows. The evening was spent reminding each other of all the fun experiences they had at the cabin.
There was a comfortable silence that fell over this close family. It was a silence that did not need to be filled with small talk - a silence that was simply enjoyed and appreciated. Each person was relaxed and feeling at peace.
Kyle decided it was time to ask. He gently broke the silence with his soft voice. Everyone paid attention. “This past year at school we had a lot of new kids join our class. They came from all different areas of the world and were moved here for different reasons. The most fascinating thing is that all of them are like me.”
Kyle’s mom, Marla, spoke first, “In what way are they like you?”
“They are all adopted!” exclaimed Kyle.
The adults were stunned. They said all at once: “No way!” “What are the odds?” “Really?” “How is that possible?”
“I can’t believe that!” “That’s truly amazing.” “Unbelievable.”
Kyle’s dad, Calvin, looked at him and asked, “Did you tell them you were adopted?”
“I did because I wanted them to tell me how they actually felt and what their experiences were like,” responded Kyle. “Somehow, I knew they would eventually all come to me and tell me their stories, and they did.”
“How did they feel about being adopted?” asked Grandma.
“Well, most of them were scared and a little unsure of themselves. They didn’t know what to do when the other kids at school questioned them about their parents and their families,” Kyle explained. “I told them what Mom had taught me - that families are very different in structure now. A family can be made up of any number of adults and children.”
“That was an important thing to share, Kyle because an Aunt or Grandma can even be the mom,” Marla, affirmed.
Were the other kids feeling bad or getting teased about being adopted? How did Kyle help his classmates? What specific things did Kyle experience that makes him feel lucky and blessed to be adopted?
Find the answers and more in Book 7 of the Self-Esteem Angel Series – A Chosen Child