for The Story I'll Tell by Nancy Tupper Ling and Jessica Lanan
A story of international adoption in which a mother weaves a magical web of tales to explain how her child came to be part of the family.
A young child asks his mother to tell the story of where he came from. I might tell how you came from a land far away in a hot air balloon. The basket slowly drifted down like a feather into our yard. I dropped the firewood I was carrying and ran to you. 'You're home now, ' I said. Or maybe it was a lark-and not a stork-that brought the child to the mother. Or perhaps he was rescued from a dragon! Each lyrical and fantastic tale contains a small kernel of truth that pieces together the baby's journey across a wide ocean into his new mother's arms.
Beautifully illustrated by Jessica Lanan, The Story I'll Tell is a gentle and moving story of adoption and parental love that is sure to touch the hearts of readers everywhere, no matter how they came to be a family.