Love Rules: A Family’s True Story of Adoption and Unconditional Love is based on the true story of a young boy who found his forever home.
At times, Andrea Melvin’s (and Dave Eaton and Michael Clark) story is a little bumpy. Or, for me, it was not always smooth. Sometimes I felt I had missed something in the text, or something was missing altogether. However, the main message of love is loud and clear. And the message of family, friendship, and forever flies off the page.
The child of the story has many questions. Some are what we all face, but others are more complicated. And ultimately the most complicated one of them all is, “Will this be his home, not just for now or a few days, but forever?”
And the answer is: YES. (And that is not a spoiler as it says right in the title Adoption Story). And we see our young friend from dealing with first moving into a new foster home, to dealing his first day of school (he has some ups and downs like we all do) and finally the day his (future in legal, current in heart) parents head into the courthouse. And behind them are several little faces eagerly waiting. They are his classmates/friends from school, all there to support him on this very special day.
This all unfolds with the artwork of Danielle Parchment. Boldy cartoon based, the illustrations are bubbly and happy. Overly sweet at times, this sets the tone of book. Any age could work as a read-aloud, but ages four and up would probably be the best bet.