This simple yet endearing adoption story that is told through the characterization of farm animals allows children to see their family in this story in a way that can help open or reinforce discussions about adoption, birthparents, and love of family no matter how it was built.

About the Illustrator:  KEN MANNING has been a resident on the Gulf Coast for 33 years.  He has been drawing cartoons since the age of three.  A graduate of Pensacola State College with an Associates degree in graphic arts, he makes his living as a singer and takes freelance art commissions on the side.  Ken is also a staunch supporter of local film, TV, and recording arts and has won numerous local awards in music, drama and 2D visual arts.  All illustrations in "A Family for Eve" are hand drawn.   

About the Author:  KRISTAN KEEFE STRUCK is a wife and became a mother to her third child through adoption.  She has her MSW and was a child and adolescent therapist before becoming a stay at home.  After adopting her daughter, Kristan began to wonder how she would introduce conversations of her daughter's birthmother and the loss that surrounds adoption in age appropriate ways.  She soon found out these questions were common among many adoptive parents.  With the collaboration of Mike Flounlacker this story was born through conversations she imagined having with her daughter.  She then collaborated with high school classmate, Ken Manning for the illustrations.  Kristan is also a planner of the yearly event called Kazaplooza that celebrates families who adopted from Kazakhstan. 

My hope is that through reading the story of Cleo and Eve, readers will be encouraged to have conversations about their own adoption stories.  Children who were adopted are naturally curious about their birthparents.  Knowing it is safe to ask questions and talk openly with their parents about feelings surrounding adoption is crucial. 

Copyright @ 2011 All Rights Reserved. No portion of this book may be copied or reproduced in any form without written permission.

Published by Lost Key Publishing, Pensacola, FL


Family is Forever and Yours is Special!

"A Family for Eve" An Adoption Story is a hand drawn, Hardcover book, written by an Adoptive Mom for ALL Adoptive Families! 

Regardless of where you adopted from, if you are a two parent or a single parent family, have  one child or several, all adopted or adopted and biological, it doesn't matter!  Adoptive families of all types are falling in love with Cleo and Eve!

"I just wanted to share that my son Jacob absolutely LOVES "A Family For Eve"! We recieved the book yesterday and we had to read it two times immediately and then he wanted me to keep reading it over and over! Thank you so much Kristan for writing a very child friendly book regarding adoption."  Joanne

"I just placed an order for a replacement book. My daughter's fabulous teacher is going to teach

an entire unit on the beauty of family and how everyone's is different after my sweet girl was teased for being adopted. This is our Go-To book and we can't find it after Christmas."


""Kristan, Skylar is supposed to take her favorite book to first grade. She's bringing A Family for Eve. I asked her why it was her favorite book, and she said, "Because Cleo is making a family with love and hope." I couldn't say it any better! Thank you for your talents!" Susan

~Sara from D.C,a Called it the Perfect Bridge book.  "Just finished reading a very special book to R for the third straight time- at her request. We both absolutely love the story, the message, and the pictures. It is truly a perfect "bridge" book for kids who are ready to process their adoption on the next level. We love it already, and I suspect it will quickly become a bedtime favorite. And the first thing R said when she opened the cover, "It is blue and yellow like Kazakhstan!"~

"I type this my 4 year old daughter is "reading" "A Family For Eve" to my husband! (meaning we've read it so often to her at her request that she's memorized it cover to cover." Dawn


"My book arrived today and I sat down to read it to my daughter before bed tonight. After I was done she gave me the biggest hug I've gotten in awhile and said "I'm just glad you'll never leave me". Thank you this book is amazing it's one that will be read over and over again in our house and treasured." Dawn

"Loved it so much. My son kept asking to read his "adoption book My husband especially loved the book -he is an adoptive child from Colombia. He wishes his parents had this book and talked about his adoption more often. We always talk to S about our trip to Colombia to go get and about our first days together. Thank You so much." Lynn

In this family Mom is the one who was adopted and her 3 year old son calls my book "The Book                          About Mommy."

"Got this a couple of days ago! My 5 year old adores it and we have read it several times! She was so excited to see you even signed it for her! Thank you!" Katrina

"I just got your book and love it! I have two boys 2 and 1. Both adopted been looking for books to start introducing "adoption" to them. Yours is prefect! Thank you!!!"                            Glenda


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