In an affectionate story of adoption in a gay family, a small girl answers a friend's questions about what it is like to have two fathers. The boy asks: “Which dad would build your home in a tree? And which dad helps when you skin your knee?” And the girl answers: “Poppa's the one who builds in a tree. / Daddy's the one who fixes my knee.” The simple, immediate rhymes are illustrated with digitally touched linoleum prints in bright colors and thick black lines that show the friends at play, as well as cozy scenarios of the girl in her nurturing home; in one particularly warm scene, Poppa serves a plate of eggs and bacon that looks like a smiley face. Strangely, the adults' faces are never shown, just distant views of their legs and arms: one daddy is formally dressed, the other is in jeans and sneakers. The story's message is clear in her answer to the question, “Who is your dad when you're sad and need some love?” Both, of course. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator. Some of her other books include My Grampy Can’t Walk; Let Me Bee; Big Blue; Made In China; What Pet Will I Get?; Ivy in Bloom and Ivan’s Great Fall. She uses a linoleum reduction technique for creating the illustrations for this story. Kristin lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her two daughters.
I thought it was a very good book. It is a discussion started. Since kids will always notice when things are different. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Book-Slore
I love this book! The illustrations by Kristin Blackwood and Mike Blanc are gorgeous! Children's books celebrating families with same-sex parents are so important in a young... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Linamen
Amazon won't let me post my positive, normal, and ordinary review of this book here and they won't tell me why, B&N had no problem with the review and made no attempt to censor... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Like the companion, A Tale of Two Mommies, this book explains nontradtional... Read more
A Tale of Two Daddies is a very good book incorporating whatever male figures a child may have in their life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Truly
Out in the playground, having fun
That’s when a friend’s questions come
She has two Daddies, that is true
And he wants to know what each will do. Read more
This was an awesome book to explain how a gay family is perfectly normal (and works just like everyone else's) to small children in a way that they can relate to and easily... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nocturnus