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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

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 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.
 

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Vanita Books (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981971458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981971452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Scofield on February 5, 2012
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We are a 2 dad household and have about four 2 dad books. This is by far the best one! This is cute and our daughter asks us to read it often. The illustrations are well done and the diologue is cute. The only complaint I would have is the little girl in the story is nameless and our little girl always asks what her name is. Highly recommended.
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A TALE OF TWO DADDIES is a picture book for young children to show them that families with parents of the same gender are no different than any other household. Because one parent might cook dinner while the other coaches the kid's soccer team like any other family (oh God that came out wrong). The story rhymes, so a typical two page spread will be like "Poppa's the one when I need braids. Daddy is there when I'm afraid."

I enjoyed the illustrations. They were very colorful and the style reminded me of Schultz's PEANUTS.

The books is 42 pages long and honestly I think that's rather long. After a while of repetitive examples of how same-sex couples are amazing parents in rhyme... it gets really boring. It doesn't help that whoever is in charge did not vary where the text is placed to make the book slightly more interesting as you go through it.
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This is a simple story about a little girl with two daddies: Daddy and Poppa. When a boy on the playground asks her what it's like having two dads, he wants to know things like "Who tucks you in at night? Which one helps with homework? Which one braids your hair?" The little girl happily explains which of her day-to-day activities are best performed by Daddy, Poppa or both (or, in the case of staying up late or helping her match her socks, neither). The little girl's life is happy, secure and, of course, completely normal.

I particularly liked that the illustrations were very reminiscent of primers from the 1950's. Normally I'm not a fan of children's book illustrations that look too dated, but in this case I think it's good for the story. It references an idealistic vision of Americana with nuclear families and houses in the suburbs (both children look like they could have stepped right out of Family Circus or Dick and Jane) and subtly reinforces the message that families with same-sex parents fit in perfectly well with this ideal, thank-you very much. I also liked that it wasn't focusing on her not having a mommy, but on how great it was to have two parents who loved her and were each good at different things.

I read this book with my three-year-old daughter Magda, who lives with her mother and father (that's me! and her dad!) but who understands that different families have different dynamics. The thing she liked most about it? Thinking about which parent was best at which things. She liked that the little girl in the story was loved and had people looking out for her.
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I bought this book specifically because I wanted to have a book in my son's library that touched on families with gay parents. The book is fine, but it really doesn't actually "go there." At the beginning, it says she has two daddies, which is great, but then the whole book is a just questions from another child- which daddy does your hair, which daddy coaches your team, which daddy cooks, etc, etc. and she just answers, this one or that one. I was hoping it was going to be more about families and her parents and a great jumping off place for all kinds of families and loving parents but to me it just could be any other book.
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I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a cute story with fairly simple but colorful illustrations to help children understand that children of same sex partners don't really have a vastly different home life than children of opposite sex partners do. It shows that a child will essentially still get everything that they need from their parents, like help with math or bandaids for a hurt knee, regardless of whether the parents are a mommy and daddy or two daddies.

I read this story to my 4 year old and she said it was good. Her favorite part is that the girl had two daddies. She even thinks we need two daddies now, but she wants to keep her mommy too. She didn't like it when the girl had a skinned knee, but says it was good that one of her daddies put a bandaid on it.

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it's easy for children to understand and the illustrations were well done.
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This is a cute book about a little girl with two daddies. In simple rhyming text, a boy asks her which of her dads helps her do certain things, from building a tree house to helping with homework. Some things her Poppa does. Some things her Daddy does. Some things both dads do, and sometimes neither one does it because she does it on her own. The responses are similar to that of a child with any two parents. One often does one thing, one does another and they both do some. Whether the two parents are mother/father, momma/mommy, or poppa/daddy it is clear they are a loving set of parents. It is wonderful to see children so accepting of whatever family dynamic their friend has. The bright, humorous, illustrations show us the little boy and the little girl talking, shifting to pictures of her doing activities with her dads. We never see the dads' faces, only their hands or from the chest-down. This gives an emphasis on the girl and her loving experiences with her fathers. It is unfortunate that the attitude of acceptance we are all born with, changes as we get older and have different experiences. A great story to teach acceptance of all families to children. The rhyming and the illustrations will endear themselves to anyone reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.
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