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“It’s not in our sameness that we find ourselves, but in our differences”

Parent Review


I must say that I am a fan of your work. My daughter is adopted from China and when you wrote I knew your name sounded familiar. We love your books.” Jennifer Frotton

ForeWord Clarion Review


“In Timmy’s Journey, author Susan Von Tobel has created a gentle yet brave story that should help guide children going through the challenges of adoption.”  READ MORE:  https://www.forewordreviews.com/books/genres/childrens/picture-books/5/

Kirkus Review


“Von Tobel has done a commendable job of filling a void in the market. Though there are a handful of illustrated adoption stories, most foster-care books target older children.

Kirkus Review

Xlibris (24 pp.)

$15.99 paperback, $3.99 e-book

ISBN: 978-1479757350; January 25, 2013

Blue Ink Review


Timmy’s Journey

Susan Von Tobel: illustrated by Regina Atwood

Trafford, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 978-1-4797-5735-0 (Reviewed: April 2013)

“Susan Von Tobel delivers a story that should be enjoyable for any child, but will have special resonance with those who have had multiple placements into foster or adoptive families….” “…Atwood’s illustrations are warm and sympathetic, just the right tone for the story. Von Tobel writes in rhyming text…resulting in a tender book that, for some children, will strike just the right chord.”

Also available in hardcover and ebook.



Ally-Burr Harris


This book (Timmy’s Journey) is a wonderful resource for adoptive and foster families to read to children when there are disruptions in placement. Children are often promised a “forever family” when adopted. Yet, in the sad cases when an adoption is disrupted, adults are left with the difficult task of explaining why “forever” didn’t happen. This book provides a way to explain disruption without blaming the child. It emphasizes the importance of having parents who are ready for challenges and open to differences.
– Ally-Burr Harris, Ph.D., The Children’s Program, Portland, OR

Amazon Review


Loving Mei-Ling,  March 23, 2013

By Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D.
This review is from: Mei-Ling’s Forever Mommy (Paperback)

Many people write. Not many write from the heart. Fortunately, for those who love children, Susan Von Tobel has written about her adoption of a Chinese daughter named Mei-Ling. And, for those who love children and who love transcultural connections, Von Tobel has made us a gift from her heart that is sure to touch yours. This is a book that offers new insights on abandonment, survival, and the power of love to transcend local and global barriers.

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I wish you


“I wish you great success and concur with your ideals that breaking down barriers and fears of other cultures is the first step to acceptance. Adults and children need to know that differences are unique and it is what molds our characters. Who wants to be entirely the same…what a mundane world that would be.”

Kathleen Horeczky, Agoura, California