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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Boy With Two Names by Chelsey Blackketter Simmons is the heartwarming story of two mothers, that of a Birth Mother and an Adoptive Mother. The book is a beautiful story about Open Adoption and will warm the hearts of all readers, especially those who have gone through the adoption process. The little boy in the story is so loved that he has two names given by his two mothers. He was loved when he was in his mother's belly, at every doctor's appointment, sonogram, and check-up. Though his mother loved him a lot, she decided to find him the perfect family. She went through family albums to find him the perfect family and when she felt in her heart that this was the one, she met the chosen mother. The hopeful mother struggled to bring him into the world and the chosen mother felt wonderful carrying him in her arms. He was loved by his hopeful mother and his chosen mother.
This is a beautiful story of love, hope, compassion, kindness, bravery, healing, patience, and strength. The illustrations by Curtis Simmons and the author make the concept wonderful and palpable to readers. The book will touch readers in many ways and makes communication on the topic of open adoption positive. It is a good book that can be read out to children at home and in classrooms, and the thought of having two names and two mothers will be endearing to children. I like the author's choice of topic and approach to it. She makes it an experience that is full of love and warmth and gives glimpses about what goes in the minds of the mothers on both sides of an open adoption.