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Dear Sam and Dani

An Adoption Journal

By Cindy Roberts

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Review by Allison Martin

Dear Sam and Dani: An Adoption Journal is Cindy Roberts' illustrated journal of her return to Vietnam for a homeland tour, accompanied by her four oldest children, two of whom were born adopted from Vietnam. She writes back home to her daughters, sharing the tale of their travels and adventures. The book is well organized and nicely illustrated with colorful drawings and paintings. She describes their travels in Vietnam, including eating a Vietnamese meal, watching a boat race, and visiting a temple. The book gets even more enthralling when they visit the many people and places related to their adoptions - including birth families and orphanages. The book provides considerable detail on their surroundings and the reunions. Families who hoping to adopt and those who are considering a return trip to Vietnam will find this book very interesting. Adult adoptees will find it interesting as well, as the Roberts visit a babylift memorial and travel with older adoptees to their orphanages.

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