When a storm scatters her nest, Mother Bird is forced to think about how best to care for her precious baby bird. She faces the heart-breaking choice of either continuing to struggle on her own, or giving her baby to another family of birds to care for him in their strong, secure nest. In telling the story of baby bird, The Mulberry Bird sensitively explores common issues in adoption: from the enduring force of a birth parent's love to the importance of nurturing an adoptive child in its new environment.
Featuring newly commissioned full-color illustrations throughout, this book is ideal for reading aloud with children aged 5-10 in adoptive families, and their siblings, whether at home or in school.
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.