I love this book, and I love the title – Heart Picked! Any family, adoptive or not, will get a warm and fuzzy feeling while reading it.
Sara Crutcher, who was adopted at six weeks old, shares her beautiful, real-life story through “six year old Elizabeth and her parents.” The subject of adoption is introduced when Elizabeth is worried about Family Week at school; that the other kids will say she doesn’t look like her Daddy. Mom and Dad reassure her with love, and talk to her about why they are a family and how they show it. Elizabeth loves to be told that she was Heart Picked.
The title, Heart Picked, was actually how Sara’s parents thought of her, and it was Mom’s idea to give it to the book. By the way, Sara’s middle name is Elizabeth. 🙂
There is a great video of Sara being interviewed by Cheryl Miller of WTVR’s Virginia This Morning. Take a look! You can also read more about her on the Author page of her website. And while you’re there, check out the tote bag with a big red heart and #IAMHEARTPICKED stamped on it. Sara’s vibrantly illustrated book, along with the tote bag is a great gift combo!
And I am just green with envy, Sara! I haven’t been to the National Museum of African American History & Culture yet… but I will! Thank you for the postcard and for inspiring me and others to get there.