Not all adopted children have the experience the author has to be reunited with birth family, and not everyone wants that experience. During the last two years, I have been in contact with some birth family and it has been really interesting to communicate with birth family and find out some family history. Thank you Facebook for this opportunity.
November is National Adoption Month, and as a member of the One2One Network I was able to review a very timely book, Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern
This simple and beautifully illustrated story is about an adopted little boy and his journey through his early years. Sensitive and likable, we’re with Eddie the moment he learns he’s adopted. At school when he is teased by bullies about being adopted, his mom coaches him through the situation, which ultimately sets the course of his life with personal empowerment. Over time, Eddie feels a strong “void” and becomes curious about his biological parents, which ultimately leads him to find out more. ADOPTED ED concludes with a section of famous people who were adopted.
About The Author:
Darren Maddern is just one of the many millions of adopted people throughout the world today.
Born in England, Darren was adopted when he was only 10 days old by Don and Dolly Maddern, an American military couple who were stationed at an American Air Force base just outside of Oxford.
After spending three years in England, the Madderns were transferred to Tehran, Iran where they settled for the next five years and where Darren attended first and second grades. When Darren completed second grade, the Madderns were transferred again, this time to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Shortly after arriving in North Carolina, Darren was naturalized as an American citizen. Three years later, the Madderns moved one last time to Colorado, where Darren spent the rest of his formative years.
The Madderns made the decision to tell Darren he was adopted at an early age.
Like many adoptees, Darren became curious about his birth parents. Sympathetic to the feelings of his adoptive parents, when Darren turned 18, he secretly hired a private investigator to learn the address of his biological grandparents, who were still living in the Oxford area of England. He contacted them through a letter and enclosed a separate letter with the request that it be passed along to his biological mother. Shortly thereafter he received a phone call, and knew immediately who it was from the accent on the other end. This was the first contact with his birth mother.
During the emotional phone call, a plan for a reunion was discussed. However, after giving it serious thought Darren just felt he wasn’t emotionally ready. It would be another four years before Darren would make his fateful trip overseas.
A 22 year old more emotionally mature Darren flew back to England to meet both his biological mother and grandparents. The reunion was everything he could have wished for.
At 26, Darren found his biological father and went back again to England to meet him. During this visit he discovered he has two half-brothers.
To this day, Darren still enjoys a close relationship with his British family. He also had an extremely close relationship with his adoptive parents, who always encouraged his journey through life.
Throughout his life Maddern has been asked about being adopted. Through candidly sharing his story, he’s helped many adoptees, parents of adopted children and parents considering adoption.
ADOPTED ED is dedicated to both his adopted and biological parents with a special dedication to his mom, Dolly Maddern who passed away in 2000 and his pops, Don Maddern who joined her in 2009. It’s also dedicated to every adopted man, woman and child to remind them that they too are indeed – SPECIAL.
Adopted Ed is a delightful book for children that explains the process and gift that adoption is.
With adorable illustrations, it is very easy to read and will attract the attention of all children, especially those between 4 and 8 years. I love that Maddern includes information about famous people who are adopted at that back of the book.
As younger children do not have the capacity to understand the concept of adoption, this book is a wonderful introduction to the subject. Whether you are adopted or not, this book has the wonderful message that everyone is special! Love that message. I know several friends who have adopted and I will definitely be referring this book to them. Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern is the perfect gift idea for any family going through the adoption process, regardless of what stage they may be in.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Adopted Ed online, through Amazon.com
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of One2One Network and the author, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***