Monday, January 18, 2010

I Wished for You by Marianne Richmond

This is my third post in a series of posts about adoption themed children's books. If you would like to know more about why I am writing about this topic, go here.

My first post was about A Mother for Choco.
My second post was about Horace.

I received I Wished for You as a gift last May. I have to admit I never read the whole thing until doing this review. When I got it, I opened it and started to read, but could not get very far without crying because it talks a lot about waiting for him. Wishing for him during her everyday activities and through all the phone calls and paperwork. The little boy in the story loves to hear that he was his Mom's wish come true.

This time around I was a little more prepared for it being a tear jerker, but still cried when it came to the part where the mom found out her wish was coming true. She said, " I told all my friends...and they hugged me and cried, too....Everyone knew how much I had been wishing for you." I have dreamed of that day for a very long time. I want nothing more than to be able to call my Mom and tell her she is going to be a Grandma. I know so many people that will be celebrating with us the day we get THE call. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

Before you decide whether this book is right for your family, you should know that it does talk about God. For example it says, "Of all the children in the whole wide world, God picked you for me."

You should also know that some questions that adopted children may ask are answered in this book. These questions may or may not be answered the way you would like them to be, so I am including a couple of them in this post so you can decide for yourself:
Question: "What about the mama who grew me in her tummy?...Didn't she wish for me too?"

Answer: "Sometimes a mama will grow a baby in her belly, and for all kinds of reasons, she'll decide she cannot be the very best mama she wants to be. The mama who grew you loved you enough to make a different wish- a wish for a family who would love her little one with a total and adoring love. The kind of love I have for you."

Question: "Me and you are in the same family, but we don't look the same. You have dark fur, and I have light fut with brown ears. Is this okay?"

Answer: "Some families look alike, and others don't. All families are different. What makes a family is their love for each other."
I think I Wished for You is a great adoption book. It really captures a lot of the emotions I have felt during my wait in a way that is appropriate for sharing with your child. I think this story would work for both international and domestic adoption.


  1. I am a huge fan of children's books and I love that you've been sharing some of these very special ones with us. I must confess, I feel a little teary after hearing all about "I Wished for You." Thank you again for sharing such a wonderful book.

  2. LOVE this one. I didn't receive it until after Owen came home, but I can see how it can stir up a lot of emotions. I like that it does touch on some adoption issues.

    I can't wait to celebrate with you :)

  3. I just got this book & it is by far my favorite!! I was reading through it & imagined what it would be like reading it to my child. Cannot wait to hear about the first time you get to read it to yours :)

  4. Wow I bet this one is a tear jerker! I got teary eyed just reading your blog about it!I love the way the book answers the question about birth moms. I love these reviews you are doing!