Saturday, May 28, 2016

*Review* A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oeschlager

Genre: Children's Illustrated/LGBTQ+
Published: September 1, 2011
Pages: 40


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.

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.


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

I like how this story is told as a conversation between children about one of them having two mommies, and just what that means for his family life at home. The other kids are curious and want to know which mommy bakes cakes, which one coaches t-ball, and other typical parent activities. I think it's a good way to demonstrate to children of heterosexual parents that children with different backgrounds still have pretty similar home lives.

The illustrations were cute, colorful and varied, but simple enough to not pull too much attention away from the story itself.

My 5 year old really enjoyed it and is pretty sure that having two mommies would be amazing now (but she wants to keep daddy around too. If it lessened my household burden, I might be down to have a sister-wife. LOL.) 

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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