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Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (Alyson Wonderland) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, June 1, 2000

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This handsome 10-anniversary edition of a minor classic presents the story of Heather, a preschooler with two moms who discovers that some of her friends have very different sorts of families. Juan, for example, has a mommy and a daddy and a big brother named Carlos. Miriam has a mommy and a baby sister. And Joshua has a mommy, a daddy, and a stepdaddy. Their teacher Molly encourages the children to draw pictures of their families, and reassures them that "each family is special" and that "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." In the afterword, the author (whose other children's books include Matzo Ball Moon) explains that although she grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood, there were no families like hers on the television or in picture books. She came to regard her family as somehow "wrong," since there was no Christmas tree in the living room and no Easter egg hunt. Whatever the religious right may wish to think about nontraditional families, there is no denying that any child enrolled in an American school will encounter friends with single parents, gay parents, stepparents, or adoptive parents. This new, revised version of Heather Has Two Mommies offers an enjoyable, upbeat, age-appropriate introduction to the idea of family diversity. The book is essential for children (ages 2 to 6) with gay parents or family members, and a great addition to a Rainbow Curriculum. --Regina Marler

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Diana Souza illustrates and designs for authors and publishers throughout the nation. Her works include "The Spiritual Life of Animals and Plants" and "Realms of Light: Clairvoyant Experiences of Life After Death." Her website, http://www.canaryperch.com/, is updated frequently.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: Alyson Wonderland
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 10 Anv edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555835430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555835439
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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158 of 195 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Honestly, this is not a book that i would choose for my son to read. I'm an out-gay man who adopted an infant ten years ago. It's just not a good quality book for the apparent age-range targeted. The black-and-white drawings do not make it attractive and Alternative/Artificial Insemination is not a topic of interest to kids that age or necessarily appropriate. It's certainly not a book that my son has ever picked off the bookshelves for me to read to him or for him to read to himself. Books like One Dad, Two Dads," "The Duke Who Outlawed Jellybeens (or is it Rainbows?)," and "Two Moms, the Zark, and Me" are the books that he keeps going back to, reading on his own, asking me to read them, or sharing with his friends. Just because a book is written by us about us does not make it a good quality book.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A round of applause for Leslea Newman who realized that her book needed a revision for the 10th Anniversary Edition. She focused on the true message of the book, that the "most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." She simplified the writing to better fit preschool audiences, but most importantly, removed the sections about how Mama Jane and Mama Kate got together and then concieved Heather. These were the sections that kept it out of preschools and other settings, in spite of the great message. Thank you Ms. Newman! Now I can't wait to buy several copies for my daughter's daycare, our church, and our local public Library!
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on January 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I appreciate the openess (since kids are much smarter than we give them credit for, the insemination would not upset children) of this book, but the lack of color is tricky in a children's book.
I have read some excellent 'current issue' children's fiction books which succeed in telling their story (and inspiring creative thinking) without using color (Days with Daddy) but the lines in those stories were well-defined. The hazy presentation of this book will ironically make it difficult to talk with kids about so-called alternative families. The most open message in the world becomes cold and inviting if it cannot appeal to the eye of the intended reader.
Plus, if colors convey mood, this same decision may inadvertently suggest the women and Heather are engaged in something secretive and not as valid when compared against the activities of status quo idealized heterosexual families. Ms. Newman may have completely different politics, but she seems to echo the far right's endless admonitions about sexuality and youth with the layout.
Future editions need to have clear color graphics throughout the text.Art is not benign, but a political statement as important as carefuly crafted text. It is difficult for children to be excited/proud about their families (or the existence of GLBT families) after reading a book which seems gloomy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on June 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Lesléa Newman's book Heather Has Two Mommies is about a little girl named Heather who, you guessed it, has two mommies. The book is in no way inappropriate, nor does it raise any questions parents would (or should) feel uncomfortable answering. It may seem a little silly now, 20 years after it was written because it does focus a large amount on how Heather has two moms. The more liberal opinions today make it seem like focusing exclusively on alternative families is a little overkill, but the book is immensely comforting for children of those families.

Forgive the personal back story, but I was raised by two wonderful mothers, and I loved this book to death in my early years. My parents bought it for me somewhere around five or six (eighteen now), and I remember reading it over and over. I literally slept with the book tucked in the space between my bed and wall for years. I didn't realize then that I read it for how comforting it was, I just really liked the book. In fact, I read the book well into 8th grade, mostly in the spirit of nostalgia, but also because I was enrolled in a Lutheran school where no one else had two moms. Suffice it to say that the impact of this book was more even than my beloved Junie B Jones and Clifford.

As for the criticism of the illustrations, I never found anything odd or wrong with them. They were different, but not inferior in my opinion. Then again, I was handed books of Norse mythology along with my Disney princess books, so I was always exposed to culturally, texturally, and thematically different illustrations accompanying my texts.

I recommend wholeheartedly that you give this book a try, and don't be fooled by your child's lack of interest.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Several of the one-star reviews here refer to a different edition of this book. This edition (10) does not have anything about artificial insemination (to appease those who were offended). It is just a simple story showing lots of different families... not very in depth, not much to it, but a nice, "feel good" story line. I did not see ANY overt sexuality or "inappropriate" topics at all, as was mentioned by one or two of the other reviewers. I have not seen other editions so I cannot comment about those.
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