Darlene Friedman ☆ 3 charactersLi speaks volumes about the unconditional love in her life Ages 5 9 JuneCopyright Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reservedRecommendation 5 10 Years depending on the lessodiscussion associated with itNotes Adoption Six year old Cassidy Li has been chosen to be Star of the Week or her kindergarten class She carefully chooses items to put on her poster but runs into a problem Cassidy Li was adopted rom China and desperately wants to include a picture of her birth parents Her solution to this dilemma is a lesson in resiliency Star of the Week is inspired by the real life events of the author Darlene Friedman and illustrator Roger Roth who are also husband and wife Friedman gently addresses the uestions concerns and emotions of an adopted child Through the narrative themes of cross culturalinternational adoption and cultural assimilation while maintaining cultural identity are also addressed Roth s realistic illustrations give the reader a sense that they are actually looking into a slice of real life This is particularly true of the photos Cassidy Li uses or her poster This story could be used as a read aloud or grades K 2 but would make a great buddy aloud The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, for grades K 2 but would make a great buddy bookor a 3rd or 4th grade student to a younger student Star of the Week could be used in conjunction with books that talk about And the Crooked Places Made Straight families or adoption It is truly a heartwarming read This is a solidly good adoption book Cassidy Li was adopted as a babyrom China When it s her turn to be star of the week at school she makes a poster about herself When she This is the The Obliterated Man first collaboration of a husband and wife team and is inspired by their ownamily s international adoption story In Figlio dellolocausto fact the author and illustrator picture is one of them in China with their newly adopted baby EdenThe story is told by an adorable six year old girl named Cassidy Li It is her turn in kindergarten to be the Star of the Week which means she gets to bring inood or the class "AND TELL THEM ALL ABOUT HER LIFE SHE IS "tell them all about her life She is little nervous about telling people that she is The author of this book wrote this story to model off her own life showing how she and her husband adopted a baby girl rom China The story is written Outliving from the perspective of Cassidy Li a six year old who is preparing to do a presentation about herselfor school As Cassidy Li makes a poster board with pictures of her life so Landscapes of Communism far we are introduced to heramily and New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics friends I will say that I was put off that all of the Caucasian. One big exception Cassidy Li adoptedrom China when she was a baby doesn't have a photo of her birthparents But with a little help rom her amily she comes up with the perfect wa. Cassidy Li is the star of the week in elementary school classroom She is excited and nervous all at the same time as she prepares the poster herself to share with her classmates This sweet book is told in Cassidy Li S Voice Through The Pictures She Chooses voice through the pictures she chooses include on her poster When she inishes she realizes that "SOMETHING IS MISSING SHE DOES NOT HAVE A PICTURE "is missing she does not have a picture her birth parents Adopted rom China as an infant Cassidy Li knows nothing about the parents who gave her life So she decides to draw them as she imagines they would be This story contains adoptive parents who have open and honest discussions with their child about where she is rom why her birth parents may not have been able to take care of her and the Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation fact that it is ok to wish that they were in her life It Star of the Week was a beautiful read It really touched on hat every child who has been adopted would go through She has concernsrom the beginning about how people will take her story She loves her Conversationally Speaking family but she also loves her birth parents and still understands that their a very important part of her life So her deciding to put them in her project and add them as a part of herself was her coming to terms with her life The genre was about adoption and this topic really isn t discussed muchor younger children but I think they represented it appropriate The uality was amazing the pictures and words of this book where just enough or each child to understand Genre Realistic FictionReviewPublishers WeeklyCassidy Li is going to be Star of the Week in her kindergarten class and that means she gets to bring a snack the titular brownies and chronicle her life story on a poster But as she reviews snapshots depicting avorite activities pets Red November friends andamily she also realizes that as a baby adopted in China something is missing I don t have any photos of my birthparents Her solution adding a hand drawn portrait of them to the photographic collage Debuting author Friedman who is also the wife of Roth The American Story and the parent of a Chinese daughter doesn t try to smooth over the bittersweet elements of Cassidy Li s story although she often veers into giving her heroine the voice and viewpoint of an empathic adult rather than that of a six year old Dad says our Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) family loves my birthparents very much even though we ll never know them Roth s affectionate domestic vignettes bolster the story s authenticity considerably and his vivid portrayal of the confident thoughtful Cassidy. It's Cassidy Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school So she's making brownies and collecting photosor her poster She has pictures of all the important people in her life with. Characters were obviously very different and uniue but when the illustrator drew pictures of the Chinese children they all looked exactly the same Cassidy Li even looks like a twin with her best riend and her cousins other children adopted rom the same orphanage However I do like the aspect that Cassidy Li thinks about her birth parents and how her adoptive parents are very honest and open about talking about the birth parents It also shows her anxiety of sharing the poster and getting unwanted rom classmates I was disappointed that there weren t any uestions her classmates Young children are curious and I don t think it it totally true to real life that they didn t ask Cassidy Li anything about "HER ADOPTION I USEFUL STORY FOR "adoption I useful story or K 2 when discussing adoption Such an interesting story with great illustrations I really liked this book because it tells a story about a little girl who is adopted and wants to share her story to her class mates It shows a concept that all Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit families are differentlyormed whether it be Architecture by Birds and Insects from birth or adoption Ieel this book will go well with 5 year old s The illustration is very detailed and pretty I believe it will capture the children s attention Star of the Week is about a six year old girl Cassidy Li who has to present a poster to her a six year old girl Cassidy Li who has to present a poster to her class about her Beyond Carnival family Her project seems to be going well but she runs into a problem while trying toind a picture of her birth parents She was adopted rom China as a baby so she doesn t have any recollection or pictures of her birth parents This narrative story would be good to use in the classroom because the author Darlene Friedman made sure that the main character kept in touch with her native culture She mentions how Cassidy Li goes to Chinese school every Saturday and she has a reunion with her Chinese cousins every year Both the author and the illustrator connect with this book because they re husband and wife and they adopted their daughter rom China The illustrator and the author both make the text relatable to children The pictures look very realistic They resemble things that children might have seen before and are very recognizable I d use this text to show students how to create their own personal story about an event in their lives Star of the Week is a good book to use when talking about diverse Lefty family structures because it reflects a positive experience on adoption It also shows aew realities about how a child may eel after being adopted. Y to include themUsing their own amily's story as a model Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of amilies everywhere through this straightforward and insightful boo.