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Shaoey and Dot
by Mary Beth Chapman
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Tommy Nelson, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is the sweet story (with a strong Christian perspective) of the adoption of a baby girl from China. The authors and illustrator themselves adopted a total of four small Chinese girls. The story is told, in verse that mostly rhymes, from the point of view of a cute little ladybug named Dot.

When curious Dot finds a baby 'bundle of rags' on an orphanage doorstep, she becomes very attached to the 'little creature' and makes a 'lifetime promise' to stay with her. Dot hangs around to watch the baby acquire a mother and a new family, and sticks with her as they travel overseas ... 'From now on, we will be Shaoey and Dot, / And we'll be together forever!' Jim Chapman's illustrations bring the orphanage (and all its small inhabitants) to engaging life.

Shaoey and Dot conveys the love and caring involved in the adoption process, and kids will adore the maternal little ladybug, who goes along for a lifelong ride.

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