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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!”
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Q: How do you balance your time?
A: I get this question a lot because I have six kids and I also work full-time as a speaker, writer, and musician. I wish I had a good answer for that, but honestly, there isn't one. I get a lot done late at night and in between things. I'm always running. For me, organization is key because I'm not naturally very organized, so I live and die by my calendar - if it's on there, it gets done, and if it's not, it never existed. Beyond that, I pray a lot, try to remember to keep the big things the big things and let the little things go, and remain faithful to the things I've promised people. It is not easy, but I have an amazing husband and an amazing support system, and I could never do it without them.
Q: Favorite dessert?
A: Anything dark or bitter chocolate. Flourless chocolate torte, oh my.
Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
A: The Bible, my 10-pound complete Jane Austen, and something with a title like "Desert Island Survival Guide."
Q: Talk about your experience with Madison Adoption Associates.
A: When we were going through the adoption process, children were still assigned to agencies. That changed only a month or so after we brought Ethan and Anna home, but at the time, different agencies held the files of different children. We had used another agency to adopt Noah since they had his file, and we wanted to go with them again since our process had gone well. But one day, I saw an advocacy post pop up on an adoption group about Ethan, and I just couldn't get him out of my head. I showed it to my husband, and we decided to send an email inquiry about him, not really expecting to hear for various reasons. He had been assigned to Madison. Well, a while later after we thought he must have been matched with another family, we got an unexpected call saying that after review they thought our family would be the best match for him. We were thrilled! But we were also nervous about switching agencies. Adoption is so complicated, and we didn't want to lose the small advantage we felt we had by at least being familiar with our first agency. We didn't need to worry. They did a great job talking us through the differences. And two months after we were matched with Ethan, we were approved for a second simultaneous adoption, and they matched us with Anna! Madison is a much smaller agency than our first one, but that also meant they could be more personal. They also knew our kids individually and had met them and spent time with them. If we hadn't made the switch, we wouldn't have either of our children, so we can't thank them enough. One thing I appreciate so deeply about Madison is their commitment to older children and children with special needs. Their vision is truly to help the kids who are least likely to be seen, and I just love that about them.
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