Families or teachers looking for books about adoption and ways families are formed should pick up a copy of this book. Ling does a great job of showing how an adoptive parent might consider how to tell the story that answers the question, "Where did I come from?" Such a parent might say that the child drifted down in a balloon, or was found in the garden. But the true story is a really good one, so they will have to tell how they brought the child home to meet their new family.
The various stories that the mother considers telling capture romance and adventure and whimsy. The illustrations by Jessica Lanan pick up on those themes with vibrant hot air balloons, elegant angels, the splendor of lion dancers, and the danger of a sleeping dragon. Together they portray the lengths to which these parents would go for the sake of having a child of their own, and the treasure that they feel the child to be.
A warm, loving, and incredibly positive look at forming a family through adoption.