We call it, the Choco book. And Baby M. (that’s what we’ll call her until we know adopt) searches the room for it. At two years old, I was sure she’d just throw it in a mental pile with her other books. I was really surprised how it quickly became her favorite book.
A mother for Choco, is a sweet story about a bird searching for his mother. He assumes his mother looks like him, with the same physical characteristics. He fails at his search, but finds a loving mother in a bear who doesn’t look like him at all. The story is illustrated with simple color on a white background, and the animals are recognizable and expressive.
The story hits home with us, because we are an interracial, foster family and Baby M and I do not from the same ethnic group. For me the story is also helpful. At times I wonder if not looking the same is confusing and sad for my child–sometimes it is for me! It may be, but I can offer the same love I would offer to any child. Similarly, she can offer ME the same love she would her biological parents.