The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise - Book Review

The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise

Author: Julie Gianelloni Connor
Genre: Children - K-3rd - General
Publisher: Bayou City Press
Date Published: December 12, 2020
ISBN-10: 1951331044
ISBN-13: 9781951331047

GoodReads Rating:

Book Review of :  The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise


A new illustrated book for young children, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise: An International Adoption Story, by Julie Gianelloni Connor, is destined to be a classic read-aloud for young children. With brightly colored, simple illustrations by Saman Chinthaka Weerasinghe, large-print text, and concise, simple vocabulary, the author and illustrator have created a family love story that will rival Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

The story follows a young couple who were unsuccessful in trying to have a baby. They contact an international adoption agency. A young birth mother in a foreign country is determined to place her baby in a safe, loving home through the agency. Reality is not glossed over as the newborn is placed in a temporary foster home while the necessary red tape is completed. At last, the baby joins his forever family. 

The author states that the story “is a fictionalized and generalized version” of the story she often told her own son. Since each adoption story is unique, she hopes that parents personalize their child’s account by substituting relative facts when sharing the book with their child. 

The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise: An International Adoption Story, is a heart-rending love story that belongs in every adopted child’s library whether the child is from another country, of a different race, or has been easily absorbed into their adoptive family. 

Reviewed by: Carole W

About Julie Gianelloni Connor


Julie Gianelloni Connor is an award-winning author and retired senior Foreign Service Officer. Her first book, Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, not the Hike, garnered no. 1 status on Amazon in both the category for new books on hiking and walking and the category for Spain and Portugal. It subsequently went on to win a silver medal in the eLit national competition as well as being selected as a finalist by Self-Publishing Review (SPR). She released her second title, a children's book, in December 2020. The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise tells an international adoption story. Her short stories have appeared in three anthologies. Julie is the owner and publisher of Bayou City Press (BCP) in Houston, Texas, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, history, and international affairs. Julie writes a weekly newsletter for BCP updating subscribers about activities. She founded BCP after spending 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia, and Chile. In Washington, DC, Julie worked on a variety of matters, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to narcotics control to women's issues. She has one son and two cats, Halloween and Mimi. Her books can be ordered from her publishing website ( or from her author website (

Visit for more information on Julie Gianelloni Connor


No comments submitted.
Be the first to comment on this book.

Book Review Request

Instant Grammar Checker is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an affiliate, this website earns from qualifying purchases.

Book Reviews of Featured Books

Never Stop Singing to Me
Daft Mejora's Infinite Madness (Or, How to Travel Near America with Friends)
Spies on Safari
Grays of Novart
The World Needs a Uniquely Happy You.
June 17, 1967 - Battle of Xom Bo II