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How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me Hardcover – July, 2003


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"...illuminates the triumph of love over superficial barriers...offers hope to all yearning to be part of a caring family." -- Marguerite A. Wright, Ed.D., author of I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla

"A very sweet story - lucky baby, lucky dads." -- Betty DeGeneres, writer and activist

"Touching...this is a book that will make a difference in the lives of children adopted by gay couples." -- Dan Savage, columnist (Savage Love) and author (The Kid)

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A necessary addition to all home, school and public libraries - representing the true diversity of today's families.

Reaches out to younger children with fun and expressive illustrations and also to older children with the explanation of how 2 dads went through the process of creating their family!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: New Family Pr (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974200808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974200804
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved how this simple, age-appropriate story told of how a gay male couple adopted their son, communicating the love and hope that they share as a family with humor, honesty, and integrity. The fact that the couple is white and their son is African American added another facet to the story, bringing a measure of visibility to the growing number of biracial, bicultural families in our society. The illustrations are playful and add an element of emotional depth to the straightforward narrative of how this family came to be. For me and my son, this book evoked laughter, curiosity and a sense of dignity - finally, a story about a family like mine, told in a way that all families can enjoy and identify with in one way or another.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Times change and this book clearly shows that a family is made up of people who love you. A great lesson is shared with all types of families from the message in this book!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
With "How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me" Andrew Aldrich has given us a loving, and FUN, story (with great illustrations by Mike Motz) of how two men and a baby came together to make a family, that ultimately, is like every other family. Kids will enjoy this story. It is a good tool for those who want to show their children the rich variety of family life. I know my child loved it, and it opened up discussion as to what makes a family. I echo Betty DeGeneres - "Lucky baby, lucky dads."
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daddy to Be on October 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A refreshing story of how a beautiful child becomes part of a family with two Dads. More needs to be written about how so many of children find loving homes by being adopted by gay men.
Written from the child's point of view, the book is void of bias and preconceived ideas of the type of love and true bonding of family that two men can provide to a child.
Easy to read, with great colorful illustrations, the book is appropriate for children and adults, gay or straight... anyone who enjoys feeling warmth in their hearts and teaching love and acceptance of those around them.
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By Steven on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me
The African-American child in this story tells about how his family was formed when he was adopted by two Caucasian fathers. The story is told in simple phrases and pictures, and has a very upbeat tone. The book also mentions the many women who are involved in the child's life.

For transracial two-dad families, this is the perfect book for talking about their family with their children in a positive and affirming way. But it's also useful for anyone else who wants to explain such families to their children in a straightforward and manner-of-fact manner.
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