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.
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.
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