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In Our Mothers' House Hardcover – April 30, 2009
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the book touches on many topics: the unconditional love of two mothers for their children, lesbian parenting, adoption, transracial families, homophobia, true family values, loss, and the comfort we find in the traditions that we create.
I have read it so many times - and still my eyes tear up at the end.
Genre: Children's Picture Storybook
Polacco stepped aside from her usual books based on personal experiences and heritage to write a book for children and families that she has met in schools, at speaking engagements, etc. In Our Mothers' House is the story of three adopted children and the love and devotion they received from their two mothers in their mothers' house. Polacco's story highlights the love of this family but also showcases some of the challenges and discrimination that "non-traditional" families face.
I particularly enjoyed the scenes in which the mothers sewed the children's homemade Halloween costumes and dresses for a special tea. Despite all the love and support the two mothers offered their children, there was one mother in the neighborhood that was not accepting of their non-traditional family and it is beyond sad that these children had to deal with the hateful confrontation of this cold, bitter woman in such a public manner. Fortunately, Marmee and Meema were loving individuals and they did not let the hateful comments of one person impact the love in their hearts. I admire their strength and respectful response to hatred.
The book follows the three children into their adult lives. Sharing their marriages at their mothers' house, capturing the first steps of their own children at their mothers' house, and coming together for family events/gatherings after their mothers have passed...this story is remarkably touching and brought tears to my eyes.
Beautiful, beautiful story of unconditional love. Polacco at her finest!
Patricia Polacco has created a portrait of a loving family here, celebrating their differences while showing the love that all of the family members feel for each other. This certainly can help children see that families with two moms, two dads or adopted children are families full of love; but this book also simply reminds children of the love and safety they feel within their own home.
Overall, a great book that I really enjoyed reading.
A few disappointing things - the illustrations of the two mothers are very much the stereotypical portrayal of lesbian women, short hair, pants (there is a specific point in the book of how they never wear dresses), etc. Also, at the end of the book, the 3 children go off and start jobs and find their own relationships. The jobs selected for each child stick to the traditional gender roles (which is disappointing since this is a book that is advocating for acceptance of this family structure)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is no way getting around this - I totallyhated this book. In Our Mothers’ House is a book without a strong plot – just a series of reminiscences by the oldest daughter of two... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Ansell
Great balanced view for kids about LGBT families. Not the usual kids go to school and encounter bring your [dad/mom] to school day. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Molly
This is my favorite book I have bought for my kids so far because it introduces an LGBT family with a very ordinary life. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anna R. Bolton
This was such a sweet, warm book. It's a story about a loving family that just happens to have two moms and three children of different races. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Miss Phyllis
As an adoptive parent, an adoption coach and a writer on adoption issues, I found In Our Mother’s House by renowned author, illustrator Patricia Polacco exceptional. Read morePublished 19 months ago by gayle h. swift
Beautiful story about love - love for family, love of neighbors, love of life.
I also like that it just touched lightly on the neighbors who sat in judgment.
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