Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: A Tale of Two Mommies

A Tale of Two Mommies
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Children’s Educational Reading Level: Young Children (4-8)

Disclosure: I received a free eGalley of this text in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: While I do not have any children, I believe it is very important to raise children to love and understand differences rather than to hate them, and therefore I was intrigued by the concept of this book. While having both books would, I think, be important to help children understand the variety of families, I would have been happier this this book had not had so many pages that were almost exactly the same as A Tale of Two Daddies; if writing these two books, I just think it would have been better to address different stereotypes in each one. But again, I would definitely recommend this for helping young children learn to read, and learn to understand different families.

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