This has to be one of the most beautiful adoption books I've ever seen. A baby girl is born in China and she is perfect! Instantly, the child hearing this story is reassured that there was no flaw, no defect that caused her parents to share her with the universe. The parents dream of better things for their daughter than they are able to give her so they set her off on a journey floating down an ethereal river in a basket. Along the way, the universe supports her and one by one, a turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda and more guard and comfort her and help move her on. It is a wondrous world filled with love.
Now, we see the couple who wants a daughter so dearly, but a baby does not come for them. While they wait, they make a world of a vegetable garden, and a house, books and pretty things and they wait for a sign that their daughter has arrived. Together they search for her in every possible place, far and wide. Then, they find her. Throughout the gentle story, there is a sense of the connection in all things in the universe and a bond between the little girl and the waiting parents that will at last bring them together to share their magical love forever. 32 pages Ages 3-9