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A Tale of Two Daddies Hardcover – April 28, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This tale is a very quick read. It's bright and colorful, with two main characters, a boy and a girl. The girl has two dads, one named Daddy and the other named Poppa. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mitch Obrecht
In a remote past it was an exception. At the moment starts to be "conventional" to have two daddies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Buckwriter
Simple illustrations, simple concept.
Simplicity is beautiful.
I love how the little girl answers her friend - there is a streak of independence in one of her... Read more
I received a free electronic copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
This is an excellent children's book that recounts the discussion two kids have... Read more
A delightful children's tale where two little friends talk about how one has two Daddies, and how that works in her life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Craig M Sisterson
The Tale of Two Daddies is a great book explaining that even though someone has two daddies, there is the same love that goes around as any family. Great Book! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angel Drew
I read this along with A Tale of Two Mommies .
What I really like about these two books,almost more than introducing kids to the fact that there can be two daddies or... Read more
I thought it was a very good book. It is a discussion started. Since kids will always notice when things are different. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Book-Slore