The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4 Llamas


This book was sent to me by Baker Book House for my honest review. And honestly I LOVED IT! It made me smile, cry, laugh and just want to keep reading it over and over again! It was written beautifully and I definitely suggest this book to young women.

The book is about a family who adopts a young girl from Vietnam. It takes place in 3 different times in their life. When they first got her, when she is a teenager, and when she is all grown up trying to find her place in the world. This beautiful journey shows that family is deeper than blood.

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting, captivating and very well written. There is some mention of the war in Vietnam, no blood or anything just mentioned. And the effects it had on soldiers and the people of Vietnam. (No blood, or gore. Just mentions of how loud noises startle people who’ve been through stuff like that. Or stuff that left a lasting effect on how people treat a girl from Vietnam.)

Over all, I most definitely suggest this book to young ladies! Reading about adoptions, this time line, and the people really opens your eyes to a whole new perspective of things. And this is one book I will be rereading soon! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A beautiful story about adoption, acceptance and love!
  • A perfect book for young women!


  • Some mention of the wars in Vietnam.

Ring sparrow on scarecrow (1900 – 1930) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945). Original from The Rijksmuseum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

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