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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

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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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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: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heterodoxalxn on February 19, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By phnx51 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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5 of 6 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zapkode Marie on August 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
{my thoughts} - This is a really nice take on how a lesbian relationship with children works. I don't believe that a family has to be a mom and a dad. I am a very open minded person when it comes to the fact that individuals cannot help who they fall in love with. This book helps to show that both Mommies have their roles in the relationship as well as they share some of them in order to maintain a united front. This book is also written in a rhyme type scheme, however it is also a question and answer book. The little boys friends are asking him questions and he is answering them and telling them who does what within his house.

{reason for reading} - This book was a free download through netgalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nocturnus on September 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an awesome book to explain how a lesbian family is perfectly normal (and works just like everyone else's) to small children in a way that they can relate to and easily understand. It was beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated with adorable little multi racial children so as to not exclude any group from its awesome message. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read its companion story A Tale of Two Daddies! I will be recommending this book (and probably its companion also) to all my friends with children and reading this with MY children too!

***This book is suitable to be read by kindergartners on up but totally readable to younger children
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on April 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
To me, culture and education go hand in hand. Unfortunately, culture in general is straight (heterosexuality is the norm when you turn on your TV, your radio or when you go to the movies). And I say "unfortunately" not because I’m gay, but because I believe it’s important to show our children that there are other possibilities, that being different is perfectly normal. No, I don’t have kids, but the way OUR children are raised today will impact my future, your future, and we already have too much hate out there.

If you are a parent, A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Mommies are great books to show your little ones basic aspects of alternative families. The art is beautiful and the question and answer format keeps the kids engaged. You don’t need to read the whole book at once, just take your time breaking paradigms, showing your love and creating good childhood memories. That's what I would do. :)
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