I love you like Crazy Cakes

By Rose Lewis, Illustrated by Jane Dyer ( Little, Brown and Company -2000)   Based on the author’s own experience, this heartfelt story follows a woman on her journey to adopt a baby girl from China. From paperwork to plane flight, the narrative chronicles the baby’s trip fom a crib in a big room shared with many other babies to her own crib in her own room in her new home.

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作者の体験に基ずいて制作された絵本で、中国から養女を受け入れた愛情あふれる話。国際養子縁組の申請書類から飛行機で中国へ飛び、幼子を抱いて帰国した女性の母親になった喜びと感動がじっくりと伝わってくる。

Baya, Baya, Lulla-by-a

By Megan McDonald, Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry (A Richard Jackson Book – 2003)The baya bird of India weaves its nest of grasses and flowers. In this dramatic yet lulling lullaby of a book, such a bird also save a baby girl’s life. Melodious words and artful pictures interwise to cast a spell, as luminous as the nest the baya bird builds and encrustes with fireflies, as powerful as the love one Indian mother feels for her little girl. >>> Glossary of Hindi words and note about baya bird found on the last page.

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インドのバヤ鳥は、草や花で巣を編む。そしてこの本では、その鳥が赤ちゃんの命も救った。流れるような言葉と伝統的な絵で、バヤ鳥の巣の輝きと母親の強い愛が伝わってくる。>>>巻末にヒンズー語用語集とバヤ鳥の解説がある。

Daddy, will you miss me?

By Wendy McCormick, Illustrated by Jennifer Eachus (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 1999)                                                                                                   To a child waiting for his father to returen from an African Trip, four weeks can seem like forever. To help ease the pain of separation, a father and son create rituals for each passing day. Heartwarming story of the love between father and son.

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父親のアフリカ出張の帰りを待つ子どもには、4週間の長さでも永遠に感じる。父と息子の辛い別れをなだめる為に、父と息子は毎日の約束事を誓い合った。父と息子のあふれる愛が、感動的に語られている。