The White Swan Express (Library Binding)

A Story About Adoption

By Elaine M. Aoki, Meilo So (Illustrator), Jean Davies Okimoto

Clarion Books, 9780618164530, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

List Price: 16.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


In China, the moon shines on four baby girls, fast asleep in an orphanage. Far away in North America, the sun rises over four homes as the people who live there get ready to start a long, exciting journey. This lovely story of people who travel to China to be united with their daughters describes the adoption process step by step and the anxiety, suspense, and delight of becoming a family. Told with tenderness and humor, and enlivened by joyous illustrations, The White Swan Express will go straight to readers’ hearts. Afterword.

Praise For The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption

"Effervescent watercolors . . . a must buy for all libraries and a lovely gift for new families of all stripes." Kirkus Reviews

"This heartwarming story [is] a complement to the study of China as well as a good book to explain adoption." Booklist, ALA

"A purposeful, successful picture book. . . emotionally involving enough for any group interested in understanding the different ways families grow." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books