Book Review | I Wished for You: An Adoption Story

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story, by Marianne Richmond

I Wished for You: an adoption story follows a conversation between Barley Bear and his Mama as they curl up in their favorite cuddle spot and discuss how they became a family. Barley asks Mama the questions many adopted children have, and Mama lovingly answers them all.

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story is quickly becoming one of Daffy’s favorite bedtime stories! In fact, we have read it every single night since we received it a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes she reads it to me and sometimes I read it to her, but either way, we always enjoy it and often use it as a spring board to talk about Daffy’s feelings about adoption. Marianne Richmond does an amazing job anticipating the feelings of adopted children and answers the questions through Mama in such a way that they could apply to many adoptive situations (whether international, domestic or through foster care).  The key message is that it’s not where you are from, but rather how well you are loved that makes you a part of a family.

This review wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Marianne Richmond’s amazing illustrations! Daffy, age 9,  has quite a talent for art and she is mesmerized by the watercolor illustrations in the book. (She even copied two of the illustrations by hand the first night we read it!)

I would highly recommend this book to any adoptive parent looking for an easy way to start conversations about many of the questions adopted children have about how they came to be a part of your family.

Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect. Visit her website at or find her on Facebook here!

Have you read this book? Please feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

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