Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
A while ago, I was approached by a reader about doing a review for a book that she had written. Advanced copies for reviewing were going to be sent out in March, and I patiently (alright, not quite so patiently) awaited the arrival of the email that would hold the finished product. I finally received the email from the author, and was able to post some reviews for her tonight on different websites.
So why did this author want me to review her book? Well, I'll give you a hint. The title is, "What's a Foster Family?"
It's a picture book about a family's journey into foster care, and I loved reading it. I thought that I would post my review here, along with the link to the book on Amazon, so that readers could check it out for themselves.
As the only biological child in a foster family that has taken in nineteen children over the past eighteen years, I felt an immediate emotional connection with the story of Alex's family starting their own foster care journey. Anne Garboczi Evans weaves a compelling tale throughout the pages of "What's a Foster Family?" as she provides insight to the feelings of not only the biological child, but the foster child as well. Helen BM Cochrane's simplistic, child-friendly illustrations provide clear visuals for the ups and downs of this family's new adventure. The language used throughout the story is appropriate for a small child to understand a complex concept such as foster care, and this is a story that parents would enjoy with their forever children and their foster children at the same time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this story to a new foster family, and wish that there had been a book like this for my parents and I to read when we were first starting on our journey.
You can find the author, Anne Garboczi Evans, on Facebook or through her blog. You can find the illustrator, Helen Cochrane, on Facebook. Be sure to check out their book on Amazon... it's a great story to introduce foster care to little ones, and it's under $10! It's definitely worth looking into!
If you're feeling lucky, comment below to be entered into a random drawing for a free e-copy of this new book. In order to be eligible to win, you must provide your name (at least first and last initial) and include an email address (this will not be published but is needed to send you the e-book if you win). The drawing will be open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.