What is it?
The last book in The Adventures of Squirky the Alien. This is a picture book series about child adoption.
Who is it by?
Written by Melanie Lee, illustrations by David Liew and published by MPH.
What is it about?
The finale sees Squirky and his adoptive sister Emma going home to Earth. They are reunited with their parents and tell them all about their adventures.
Squirky comes to terms with the fact that he may never meet his birth parents. With his family, Squirky learns about the universe and the other planets.
Mr Quentin returns to his planet but leaves a communication device so that he can contact Squirky if he locates his parents.
What can children learn from it?
This book teaches kids about adapting after a disappointment, how to cope, that it’s okay to cry sometimes and that your family will help you through tough times.
It also teaches children to not give up hope and to persevere to find ways to achieve their goal.
What did I like about it?
I liked that there was some sort of closure for Squirky and that it doesn’t miraculously have a happy ending.
The real value of the family unit and how you help each other through bad times and as a team really resonates in this story.
The parent resource at the back of the book is also helpful. It tackles these questions:
- How an adoptee’s idea of adoption evolves as he or she grows older;
- How to respond if your child does not want to talk about the adoption;
- How to respond if your child is not interested in finding out more about his or her birth parents; and
- How to respond if your child doesn’t want anyone to know that he or she is adopted.
Where to get it?
This book is available at MPH and major bookstores, as well as online at www.mphonline.com.
Should you get it?
If you have been following the series, then definitely you need to get this book to find out what happens in the end.