Our Wish for You
Dano Moreno, author
Dano Moreno started writing for kids when he became a father. When not writing, he works as a public health advocate and enjoys time with his husband and son in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Hope for Ryan White.
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Ryan O'Rourke, illustrator
Ryan O’Rourke is the illustrator of many books for children, including Alphabet Trucks; Alphabet Trains; and Night, Night Curiosity. cargocollective.com/ryanorourke
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Adoptive parents reflect on the hopes and wishes they share for their son with the child’s birth mother, whose sustained relationship with the family unites the parents in love. Addressing the reader as the adopted child, the fathers emphasize the solidarity and unified vision of their open adoption. “Before you were born, we wished for you. . . . We hoped and waited.” The child’s birth mother also “made a wish just for you [but] . . . didn’t feel she could fulfill her wish on her own.” Through the matchmaking process, birth, and playful milestones, tenderly rendered in warm digital illustrations, the adults celebrate the growing child’s emotional health and successes. Unadorned language and repetition of themes are heartfelt and gentle, with an emphasis placed on small moments and simple joys. An author’s note briefly explains adoption types as well as his family’s experience with open adoption. A welcome addition to the growing cannon of adoption stories, where open adoption is underrepresented, and an affirming message of love.
The unique scenario of open adoption gets a child-friendly overview in this picture book. Sometimes open adoption is the best possible option for some families. It allows for a child to maintain a connection with their biological family, alongside aspects of their identity and original culture. Writing based on his own experiences as an adoptive father, the author of the book describes the entire process in an accessible way. The story provides a close look at the birth mother’s uncertainty, openly depicting her hopes and fears as she faces this momentous decision. It is very clear that she wants to do what is best for the child, even if she herself cannot provide for him directly. The adoptive parents serve as a positive portrayal of an especially underrepresented demographic, as an interracial gay couple. The fathers love and support their child, playing and exploring the world together as he grows. Illustrated in a bright cartoon-style, the pages are packed with warm depictions of the loving family. The text itself is very conversational, taking the perspective of an adoptive parent speaking to their child. An author’s note further discusses the concept of open adoption. This unique variation on the typical adoption story is a great way to diversify a collection’s offerings about diverse family structures.
Page count: 32
9 x 9