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One thing I loved about this book is the positive light in which the foster parents are portrayed. I get so tired of children's books that have horrible foster parents. There are great loving foster parents out there who just want to love kids. In this book it was romanticized a little (or a lot). Fostering the kids in the book was much easier than it is in reality. It's definitely the way I pictured foster care would be when we signed on in the beginning. We would help all these kids who needed us and they would all love us and it would be hard sometimes but overall it would be easy because we would be doing what God wanted us to do. It's a good thing we don't always know what's in store or we might not have the courage to do it. Heck, parenting biological kids isn't this easy and happy. Parenting is just hard work. I just wish life and parenting were this easy and happy. *rant over*
AR level: 4.0
Grade appropriate: 3rd and up
Overall: 4/5-- sweet book about a couple who finds a wayward boy on their porch. They take him in and care for him and as a result end up taking care of many foster children over the years.
Characters: 5/5-- You know, none of the characters are particularly deep. I think the author did it this way so that it’s more like a parable. The parents are every man.
Engrossing: 5/5-- very quick read.
Appeal to kids: 3/5-- I’m not sure that the kids will be as drawn in as I was. It struck such a familiar chord with me.
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5