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I love this story about adoption that doesn't use adoption as the point around which it turns. Mia is adopted into a new home and makes it her own. But then another sibling shows up. At first it's fun, and then it's not. So Mia announces she's going to move out. I LOVE her parents' understated and real response: "Better take a friend." So first she moves into the bathroom (love it!), but that doesn't work out. She tries other places that are equally problematic. When she finally realizes that life is bit lonely when you don't have your sibling to share it with, the tables get turned. But yes, things turn out just perfect in the twist of an ending, so I won't spoil it by telling you what happens.
Mia Moves Out is a sweet sibling/family problem solving story for young children. I really like stories that focus on true-to-life sibling problems and are very relatable to kids. No one flies to the moon or converses with unicorns. Don't get me wrong, those kinds of larger-than-life stories are wonderful, too. But sometimes I think there's a shortage of picture books about real kids living in real families solving real-world problems. As a parent, I felt that Miranda Paul captured perfectly that moment when the "honeymoon phase" of having a new baby is over, and suddenly the baby becomes an active toddler and starts messing with the older sibling's stuff - a frustration many older siblings and families have faced, including mine. I also love that this book shows an adoptive/foster family situation without making that central to the story (it's clear from the first page that when Mia "moved in" with this family she was already a young child, not a baby). It's so important for kids to be able to see themselves and their own family configurations in books.
Ah, sibling rivalry. Many books on the subject, but none quite like this one. What I love is that it shows the full spectrum of emotions a child experiences when they suddenly have to share their homes, lives, and hearts with someone new. From love at first sight, to frustration, to acting out, to circling back to love -- this story has it all. It's not just about a child wanting her own space (which is certainly relatable to ME). It's a child trying to determine where she belongs. Along the way, Mia makes a few surprising and funny attempts to solve her problem that keep kids turning the pages. The fact that the main character is adopted at an older age just adds another layer to an already wonderful book.
Mia's life changes for the better when little brother Brandon arrives. But soon belongings take over their shared bedroom. And Mia decides she's moving out. She searches the house high and low for a quiet retreat but can't find a just-right place. In the end, she finds a space that's just perfect... for two. This well-crafted story is fun to read aloud and provides a playful, lighthearted look at the game-changing experience of sharing life with a sibling.
Mia Moves Out is a sweet book about a little girl working through the changes of her new adopted brother's arrival. In her search to find a space of her own, she learns that sometimes the best place is one that you share with someone you love. I really appreciate how Paul includes the topic of adoption without making this book about adoption - she is always great at that. And I liked that Mia worked through her issues herself. Go Mia! There are some really silly moments (like when she moves into the bathroom) in the book that my daughter liked and some very sweet moments too. The illustrations are a perfect compliment to Paul's heartwarming story.
MIA MOVES OUT is a child-relatable story, filled with sibling rivalry, frustration, and heart. Mia is adopted into a loving home. She loves her family and new room--a space of her own. When baby brother arrives, Mia is happy until he grows into more of her space. She moves out, but discovers something is missing. Paul’s lyrical language and Keiser’s playful illustrations will keep the reader turning the pages to that satisfying ending.
When Mia's brother arrives, she'll have to share her room. She doesn't like that he invades her space so she decides to move out. She tries lots of places while trying to capture the things she loved about her own room, but nothing works until she takes her brother into account too. A wonderful story for little ones navigating a new sibling relationship or sibling rivalry.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
Mia Moves Out is a heartwarming (and humorous) story that is extremely relatable for kids (sharing a room is a big deal!). When her baby brother arrives, Mia is forced to share her space. As her brother grows, the room becomes messier and messier until Mia can't take it anymore and moves out. The book has many sweet moments and funny ones as well (love when she moves into the bathroom and her mom asks her for wart remover!). I enjoyed each page of the book (including the adorable illustrations), and I especially loved the clever resolution at the end. Overall, Mia Moves Out will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh and is well worth the read!