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Book Title: Dumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: This Side Up LLC
Release Date: May 2021
Tour dates: November 15 to November 30
Content Rating: G.
Telly Award -winning artist Jennifer Shaw's new children's book, “Dumplings Mean Family,” is told from her son Ethan’s perspective as he shares what it was like to join their family after his adoption.
“When Ethan and his siblings are adopted from China to the United States, everything seems so strange and different. Their new American family doesn't even know how to make Chinese food! The children are worried. Will they ever get to eat their favorite meals again? For Ethan's family, embracing two cultures means learning to fold and pinch their way to dumplings that taste like home.”
Truly a family project, Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Rinnah, served as illustrator for this heartwarming book celebrating the truth that families can be strong and united when they commit to loving each other for who they truly are. As Ethan says, “We may be different in some ways, but we are one family!”
Meet the Author:
Jennifer Shaw is a Telly Award-winning singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and five-time Top 40 Billboard artist. Her work has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Family Life Today, Compassion International, Autism Speaks, and many more. Her book, “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song,” has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, six busy kids, and two crazy dogs.
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The adoptions of our three children have really changed our entire lives and family. I've had so many requests to write a book about the process and I know it would be a great book with a story I would love to share! But there are other people involved than just me, and I really need to respect my children's privacy. Their stories are theirs, and they have a lot of hard things in their past they don't really want broadcast to the world. Their feelings of safety in our family must take priority. At the same time, I really wanted to bring awareness to adoption. We feel like our family can be a voice for some major themes like loving people who are different and respecting and honoring other cultures and backgrounds. As I was mulling all of this and praying about it, the idea of a children's book just popped into my head. It seemed like a good way to share the basics of what happened without sharing the private details, and we could bring attention to all those themes that are so important to us as a family. I took it to my kids first and asked what they thought, and they were all on board. The younger kids call Dumplings Mean Family "our book" now, and I love that so much. I also love the idea that this is a book families can read together about how to love each other better.
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