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A Tale of Two Mommies Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Vanita Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982636660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982636664
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three multicultural children spend a day at the beach, building sand castles, eating ice-cream, and swimming—all while quizzing one member of the group about his life with two mommies. Two-page spreads alternate between questions and answers. The rhyming questions come two at a time, asking which mother assumes responsibility for all manner of parental tasks: “Who empties your pockets at the end of the day? Who teaches you the polite thing to say?” The similarly rhyming responses follow, and the answers are appropriately mixed; some situations involve one mom (either Mommy or Momma), some both (for all important things, like bandaging a scraped knee), and some neither (snakes, it seems, are enjoyed solely by our young protagonist). The story is not without purpose, but Blanc’s playful computer-drawn illustrations add warmth and substance, tempering the weight of the message with a joyful spirit. An endnote states that all net profits will be donated to charitable organizations. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Thom Barthelmess

Book Description

A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too. A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds. This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

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This is a great book that I think all kids should have the option to read.
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Probably a very good book to help a young child understand that families come in all shapes and sizes but a family takes care of each other.
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Great illustrations, (multiple ethnicities included), and the message is fabulous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heterodoxalxn on February 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my friends who are having a baby and figured if I decided it was not an appropriate baby book I would give it to my son (he's 5). However, when I got the book and was actually able to read it I was so disappointed. It asks all sorts of cliche questions and their is a consistent stereotype that mama does masculine things and mommy feminine (I could have them mixed up, but you get the point). I could swear this book is written by a straight person trying to write a book for gay people.

Beyond all of this, the text was abrupt, it is definitely not a story but rather just a series of questions and answers, which I had noted other reviewers mentioned, I just didn't expect the abruptness of it all. The pictures aren't bad, but nothing spectacular, but if the story had been better they would have been more than adequate.

If you are desperate for a book with two moms then I guess this might be worth getting. Otherwise I'd pass. I've found several stories that talk about families in broader terms and not specifically heterosexual families that I much prefer and will stick with for now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Two reviews in One. A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Mommies.

These two books were truly a fun read. The reality is that our world is constantly changing and with more and more same sex couples raising children of their own, it's important for all children to be taught that different is ok but that "different" is not that different at all. These books do just that.

In each of the books we have a little girl being raised by daddies and a little boy being raised by mommies. Each has curious friends who are asking which parent does what in their household.

I personally enjoyed reading A Tale of Two Daddies more than A Tale of Two Mommies. I found the rhyming and the flow to be executed a bit better with the daddies and the illustrations were great for both books. Overall, I think these books serve their purpose, although, I do think that it would be best for smaller children. I think older kids would pose tougher questions but for smaller kids, these books are the right fit.

Copies of each book were provided by Vanita Books via NetGalley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose on September 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book(A Tale of Two Mommies) is for a younger child than I anticipated so I am not sure how to rate it. I can say that it presents the idea of having two mommies in terms a child, even a fairly young child, could understand: who takes care of you when you're sick? Who plays ball with you? Who bakes cookies? etc. Of course my favorites are when the little boy says that they both do!. There's no propagandizing, just simple answers to a questions important to a child. Probably a very good book to help a young child understand that families come in all shapes and sizes but a family takes care of each other.A Tale of Two Mommies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Golden Darter on September 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Review written for both A Tale of Two Daddies but both the same with the exception of pictures and a few Q&A's

A while back I heard a story on NPR about a shift in children's books toward inclusion of homosexual parental units in the stories. It wasn't something that had ever occurred to me before, both because I don't have kids and am not discriminated against because of my sexuality. But I can see how it is a growing need. How confusing would that be as a child of a same-sex couple to constantly be seeing traditional parental units in books and TV... But not in your own home.

I love several things about this book, not the least of which is it's mission. But it also takes traditional gender roles (as assigned to the mother and the father respectively) and assigns them to one of a same-sex couple where these "gender roles" mean nothing. For example...

The book revolves around two children meeting at a park, a girl with two daddies and a boy with presumably heterosexual parents. So the second child is curious about which of the little girls dads preforms each of the tasks that he is accustomed to either his mother or father preforming. On one page he asks: "Which dad would build your house in a tree? And which dad helps when you skin your knee?" Building a tree house, in my mind anyway, would be the traditional provenance of the father and tending wounds that of the mother. So when the little girl responds with Poppa's the one who builds in a tree. Daddy's the one who fixes my knee. she is assigning both of these tasks to one of her parents, not to a gender.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Cuevas on February 3, 2013
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This book is adorable! My partner n I bought this book for our 2month old to show family diversity
Not only is it sweet but he loves the bright art work n smiles every time we read it to him! I recommend it highly
A must have for every LGBTQ collection!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Exte001 on August 1, 2012
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Our family LOVES this book. Our 10 Month Old baby boy Loves when I read this book to him and even cries for me to read it again and again. Which I do about 2 -3 times. Wonderful bold and bright illustrations. Love the message and the focus on the children. A great children's book for ALL FAMILIES !!!
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