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Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (Alyson Wonderland) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, June 1, 2000
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the first books I bought when we were pregnant with our first child. She has always been proud to have two mommies, but it did help her to see early on how... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tracey A McCabe
Heather has Two Mommies will always remain a ground-breaking and important classic book for two-mom families, and I am so grateful for its existence. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christy
I read another book by this author recently & found that said author wrote this famous book. Having never read it, I decided to check it out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bronx Book Guy
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💞Published 15 months ago by aliyah
Adults are responsible to provide accurate age-appropriate medical information to our youth. No child has two mothers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dale Hemet CA
This is a classic and a great book to expand the knowledge and understanding of different families by children. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Null
My only objection to this book is that the two 'mommies' in this book seem to go with the stereotypes of lesbian couples by much of society. Read morePublished 19 months ago by cynthia price
I found this book to be poorly written, with drab black and white illustrations. At one point, Heather cries, saying "I don't have a daddy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bluebird