Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.
True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”
A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.
This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)

My Thoughts:

A Tale of Two Mommies is a great book that teaches children about lbgt relationships. The book teaches children that a child with two lesbian mothers has as much fun, and gets as much love, as a child with a dad and mom. This is a great book that I think all kids should have the option to read. The illustrations are cute. They also match the storyline really well. I was kind of disapppointed that you never see either woman's face in the drawings. All you see is their various body parts while helping the child. My favorite illustration was the cat stuck in the tree. This is a a great educational tool for children from straight families wanting to know more about same sex parents. This book also teaches children from same sex families that they shouldn't feel awkward about children asking questions about their parents because other children go through the same experience. 

I give A Tale of Two Mommies : 5/5

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I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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