Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Friends of mine are awaiting the finalization of their adoption of a girl from China and I just found the book I want to send them! Nini by Francois Thisdale is a touching book about a little girl who is born in China, but whose parents come from the other side of the world to adopt her and bring her home.

Thisdale’s artistry is amazingly beautiful and uses the full spread of each page. Many of the illustrations are done in a layering effect that adds to the mystery and deep feeling of the story they are helping to tell.

The language of Nini is equally beautiful, as it takes the little girl on a journey from the womb and the voice and love of her birth mother, to the strangeness and loneliness of the orphanage, and into the arms of the momma and daddy who came “just for her.” The art and language also work to tie and blend together the Asian and Western cultures that now make up the one family.

Nini, by Francois Thisdale, is a great book to read with any child. However, it will be especially meaningful for families brought together by adoption, and perhaps even more so by those who share the Asian to Western adoption journey.

Rating: 4.5/5

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.