by Jo Keroes
In the United States, the number of children adopted from other countries continues to grow. In communities all over the country, children meet peers from China, Korea, Cambodia and other Asian nations in particular. Yumi Heo, herself born and raised in Korea now a suburban New York writer and illustrator of children’s books, has produced one especially for them and their new families. Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story  depicts the ways a little girl counts down the days until the arrival of her new sister. She draws the baby pictures, helps her father and grandfather prepare the nursery, even washes her favorite teddy bear as she marks her calendar each day. In few words and warmly vivid illustrations, Heo creates a charming narrative that fills an important gap in the tale of the new American family.