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The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption by Jean Davies Okimoto and Elaine M. Aoki, illustrated by Meilo So [in AsianWeek]

White Swan ExpressAdorable, fabulous story about four families who travel to China to meet and bring home their four waiting little girls.

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, November 1, 2002

Tidbit: July 11, 2014 – Twelve years after publication, White Swan is making headlines. One of the book’s adoptive families is a lesbian couple  … which is enough to get the book destroyed by the National Library Board in Singapore. My, my, my … surreal how penguins, adoptions, and unconventional families can be so threatening to some. Read all about the fear here.

Tidbit Update: July 18, 2014 – Perhaps the international uproar against the National Library Board’s destructive book banning had something to do with their latest decision? So no pulping of White Swan Express and And Tango Makes Three, just moving those titles to the adult section. Right. You can read about the peripatetic plans here.

Readers: Children

Published: 2002



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