Mother-love is profound, however a baby comes into a woman’s life. For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the “big room with lots of other babies.” The infants in that room in China are each missing a mother, but Lewis is missing something, too–a baby. She travels to China to meet her new little girl and falls head over heels in love. Taking her baby home to America, Lewis introduces her to all her family and friends, and they begin their life together.
A touching love story, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes will warm the cockles of any new parent’s heart, especially those who have recently adopted a child. It’s an ideal story for lap-time reading, and will inspire parents and kids to talk about their own first “meetings,” whether at birth or in an adoption agency. Jane Dyer, illustrator of the bestselling Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt, and many other marvelous picture books, uses a pastel palette of watercolors to capture the tender moments between the American mom and her rosy-cheeked Chinese baby. (Ages 3 to 6) –Emilie Coulter
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Treasured Gift for Adoptive Families!
Rose Lewis creates a wonderful story to share with adoptive children and parents. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes is sure to be a special gift for adoptive families, especially mothers. The bond of adoption is beautifully described reflecting on the anticipation and hope of parents while valuing the child’s birthplace and birthparents.
5 Stars Beautiful, Loving Book
What a brilliantly written and illustrated book. It explains in gentle language how much these children are truely loved by both mothers and that there are other ways to make a family. This was a favorite of my daughter for her first five years and I could not read it to her without tearing up. Even now it brings back such loving emotions and memories of the day we met our precious daughter. If I could give this book a 10 rating, I certainly would. This beautiful, loving book is a must have in any adoptive childs library.
5 Stars If you’re considering adopting from China, BUY THIS BOOK!
After reading this book with our two daughters hundreds of times, I still get choked up at certain parts. Lewis does an amazing job of telling this realistic story that is not overwhelming for children, yet still interesting to adults. I first read this book when my husband and I were very early in the adoption process and had narrowed our possible “country list” down to 2 or 3. After bursting into tears halfway through the book in a Barnes and Noble, I told my husband, “Buy this book for me and we’re going to China!” You will definitely want a copy to save and a copy to share; it’s that important of a book if you are adopting from China.
5 Stars My daughter loves this book
Our 2 year old daughter, adopted from China, asks us to read this one again and again. She always points out the page where the baby is handed to her mommy for the first time and touches the tears of the baby… “sad eyes.” It’s all she can do to wait until the final pages where she exclaims “now happy!”
I think this book captures that special and amazing “birth” really well. The process for an international adoption… paperwork, waiting, travel, uncertainty… all becomes a distant memory the minute that baby is placed in your arms. This book brings me back to that glorious day that we will never forget– and a day that is important to celebrate. I think part of why my daughter loves it is that she sees how it touches me (it’s a hugging book, for sure!)
5 Stars Courtesy of Kids @ Teens Read Too
WIth I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES, author Rose Lewis brings to lifer her true story of adopting a baby from China. What begins as a letter to Chinese officials ends with bringing home a baby girl, to the delight of her new mother and extended family.
Jane Dyer’s illustrations are soft and dreamy, and perfectly compliment the story of Rose and her daughter, Alexandra Mae-Ming Lewis. From that first time of holding her new daughter, to the first night alone back in America, the feelings of love and devotion are evident on every page.
Although this is a book sure to appeal to parents who have adopted children from other countries, specifically China, it’s a great story for any child, adopted or not. In fact, my daughter was especially enamored by the book, since it was her first introduction as to what adoption truly means.
Great as a bedtime or any time story, it’s no wonder that I LOVE
YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES is well on its way to becoming a children’s classic.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka “The Genius”