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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the ground-breaking book about a little girl who has two mommies, a lesbian couple. Ten years ago the authors had a terrible time trying to get their book published and finally put up the money themselves. I suspect perhaps this is why the illustrations are in black and white, because color is more expensive. Although very sweet and adorable, it would be nice if the illustrations were in color. But there are plenty of books that are beloved classics and have one color illustrations such as "Millions of Cats or "Make Way for Ducklings." That is the only "fault" I find with this book. The book gives children of both gay and straight parents the security of knowing that their families are all just fine the way they are. Today only 25 % of families are traditional, with a dad and mom. As more diverse families have come on the scene more books have been written about this issue so that all children can feel they have a place at the table. After all, a family is a group of people who love and support one another--two moms, two dads, a mom and dad, grandparents, an aunt or an uncle, guardians, foster families, single parents, etc. Kids need to know this, so that they can grow up feeling proud of their families and accepted by their friends. This is in no way a "subversive" book, but one that is eminently useful for children of both straight and gay parents. If children know the truth, they have less chance of being bullies toward those children of families that "appear different." Our children live in a diverse world. They need the facts so they have to tools to flourish in it. Knowing that there are such things as gay parents will not make children gay, because sexual orientation is fixed at birth.Read more ›
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38 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had this book as a child, and I absolutely loved it. The style of art allowed me to color it in as if it were a coloring book as I read the wonderful story. Heather is a very happy child, and she loves both of her mothers... and they love her too. That's really what's important.
Highly reccomended. I read it again and again... I own it to this day.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
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I cannot believe that this is still considered such a controversial book. I was a teenager when it came out and found myself amused but not really interested in the subject matter. Now I am a mother with a gay brother-in-law, and I really want my son to understand that families come in all different types. The bottom line is the love is the same, and this book really helps convey that idea. I also give this book as a gift quite often, to rave reviews.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
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The illustrations should be in color to interest children.
The edition I have does not have the artificial insemination part. While controversial, that part would be important for older children.
It was not shocking at all; just straightforward.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrea G. on October 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's really interesting how the author, Leslea Newman portrayed not only homosexuality but the understanding that there are different types of families out there. It clearly teaches acceptance and open-mindness to kids. This is the first book on this topic that I've ever read and I would definitely recommend this book to parents in trying to introduce the concept of awareness to kids in understanding things that they don't think is normal, just because they don't come across it daily. The only thing that I think they could have improved on was using colored pictures instead of black and white, to catch more of the kids attention to the story. Overall, it is a great book, I wish more books like this are publish to minimize stereotypes and promote awareness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aliyah on October 29, 2014
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I loved this book and so did my daughter it was exactly what shed been going thru and it helped make her comfortable and proud to tell kids at school about her two mommy's💞
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on October 26, 2006
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Heather, a bright preschooler lives with her mother and her mother's partner. The girl's teacher asks the class to talk about their families and to draw pictures.

Heather says she is the only one with two mothers. (A note: the child's mother explains that she wanted a baby, but not a father for the baby, so she chose to become pregnant via artificial insemination. I would recommend this for older readers as preschoolers will most likely find that confusing and that will create more questions than it will answer for that age group).

Other children draw their family members. One child is adopted; another lives in a foster home and still others have half siblings as well as the "nuclear family." The bottom line is love is what makes a family, not the sexual orientation nor the make up of the members in it. I like the tone of acceptance this book has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Null on July 18, 2014
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This is a classic and a great book to expand the knowledge and understanding of different families by children. My wife and I have both read this book to children in the public and church schools. I think it will be as relevant 25 years from now as it is today. Expect some kickback from some parents if you read this in a public school class or donate it to a public or school library.
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