Love’s Complete by Teresa Travous Hull and illustrated by Astrid Tarkovski shows the journey of one family’s adoption of a child from Russia. This children’s book highlights the ups and downs of the process of international adoption. From the excitement of the couple’s initial decision, to the long wait to bring their baby home, this story captures the emotion of the couple in simple rhyming format.
While I liked the concept behind the story, I found the illustrations and the rhymes a little awkward. I was prepared to write my review, but I decided to read it to my daughter (nine) and get her thoughts. Unlike me, she really liked the book. She thought the drawings were creative and descriptive, especially the husband on the train, soaking wet and looking tired. However, she was a little disturbed by the “evil looking” man who worked at the ministry. She also liked the rhymes and understood the struggle families go through to adopt. Overall, I give this book three stars. It has a cute message, but I don’t know if I could recommend someone spending money on the book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.