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"Shaoey and Dot" by Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman



“Shaoey and Dot”, by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, is an amazing story about the adoption of a little girl from China. With every page turn we followed not only the adoption of Shaoey, but also the adoption of our daughter.

It was amazing to read how closely the Chapman’s adoption experience was to our own. Down the smallest detail, we found a book to share with our daughter that will tell her own story in a beautiful way.

From the Chinese countryside to the orphanage--from Gothca Day to the flight home, this book is the story of an adoption from China.

The books illustrations are done by Mary Beth’s brother, Jim Chapman. The lovingly created pictures beautifully set the wonderful story.

Many people know Steven Curtis Chapman is a leading contemporary Christian musician who has had success as a writer and recording artist since the early 1980’s. Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption. The father of 6, three biological and three adopted from China, Chapman and his wife are the founders of Shaohannah’s Hope. The charity assists families with the costs they incur during the adoption process.

Not being a religious person, I was surprise when a friend gave our daughter “Shaoey and Dot” as a gift for her first birthday. When I read the book however, it was easy to put my concerns aside. The book is about adoption and, I feel, one of the greatest gifts my daughter received.

Thank you Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman for such a wonderful book.

Written by: Brenda and Michael Hewitt, Kansas City- Adopted from China in 2001 and 2004

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