Book Review: A charming book for adopted children shows the magical connection

Photo: From the book "Searching for the You We Adore"

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2012 — “Searching for the You We Adore” is destined to become a classic, especially among adoptive families.

Author Valerie Westfall, a freelance writer from Texas, was inspired to write the book by her childhood friend who has three adopted children. She set out to create a storybook especially for adopted kids, recognizing that despite the increasing number of adoptive families around the world, children books on the subject are all too few.

Westfall’s work is paired with vibrant, bold illustrations by Ohio-based artist Richard Cowdrey, who illustrated the New York Times Bestseller, “Bad Dog Marley.” 

“Searching for the You We Adore” follows love – represented, fittingly as a red ribbon — as it wends itself way around the world, seeking to make that magic connection between parents and child. 

Author Valerie Westfall

Love travels through the starry sky back to earth looking for the child the parents in the book are seeking to find. Love leaves no stone unturned as it looks for that special child, peeking in the pouches of kangaroos Down Under, trekking to the frosty Arctic, and going deep into the Amazonian rainforest. Finally, love finds the child and the family is united, a dream come true.

“Searching for the You We Adore” is a deceptively simple book that delivers a profound message of love and family. I’m hesitant to use the clichéd words “heart warming,” but it is that. This is a feel good book that children and parents alike will want to turn to again and again.

Andrea is an adoptive mother and a journalist. She is at work on a book, “The Red Thread,” a collection of stories told by families united through adoption. She is also owner of Media Branding International, a public relations/media consulting firm. She is the editor of Food & Travel in The Communities at The Washington Times.

Read more The Red Thread in The Communities at The Washington Times.  Andrea can also be found on Facebook and LinkedIn. She is also a contributor to broadcast, print and and online media.




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Andrea Poe

Andrea Poe is a veteran journalist, whose work has appeared in thousands of publications, including Town & Country, Marie Claire and Entrepreneur.  She is the author of several books and her work has appeared in many others, including anthologies and college textbooks. 

Andrea serves as editor of the Travel & Food section at The Washington Times Communities.  Her love of travel has led her to cover everything from remote villages in the Andes to her hometown of New York, from Paris to Pittsburgh, from Beijing to the Bahamas.  No matter where she travels, she likes to uncover the unusual and share with readers those often-overlooked aspects of a place and its people.  She dubs her column Raven’s Eye as a nod to her illustrious (and, yes, infamous) relative, Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who knew more than a little something about the quirky and unique.  

Andrea is also mother to Maxine, who was adopted from Vietnam in 2006, and is the inspiration for The Red Thread column on adoption at The Washington Times Communities.   Andrea is currently at work on a book on international adoption.

In addition to her work as mother, writer and traveler, she is the founder and president of Media Branding International, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations craft and promote their image in media outlets around the globe.

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