Pub Date 01 Sep 2011
True to a child's curiosity, practical questions follow. "Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?" To which he answers: "Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing."
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.
Vanita Oelschlager thinks of everything. Last year, she debuted a clever little book about a boy being raised by two daddies. The book was cute and innovative, and I considered it perfect for anyone starting a blended family. But Oelschlager didn't stop there. Now she's debuting her latest book, A Tale of Two Mommies, and it's just as sensitive and creative as its predecessor.
A Tale of Two Mommies, unfolds as a conversation between three children. A boy tells his two friends all about being raised by his two mommies, and what each of them add to his life.
He refers to his two mothers as "Momma" and "Mommy", and explains to his friends, in exquisite detail, how the two are alike and different: "Mommy has all the tools; there's nothing she can't fix." "Momma's the one for riding a bike, and she's also the one for flying a kite."
And then, like its twin, this sensitive book tells a delightful tale of love, trust and family pride. Illustrator Mike Blanc is back again, teaming up with Oeschlager to present a neat package of sweet words and colorful drawings reminiscent of early childhood at its finest.
For a heartwarming story about unconventional families, unconventional roles and unconventional love, pick up a copy of A Tale of Two Mommies.