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Posted May 7, 2009
Forget the critics, this is a beautiful book
In Our Mothers' House is a beautiful addition to Patricia Polacco's collection of cultural heritage and diversity picture books. The critics say that it is unrealistic to have a the family surrounded in love and acceptance from their neighbors with only a single character reacting negatively against the two mother family. This character, however, is reoccuring and any child of a two mother, or two father for that matter, household will most likely have enough experiences like this to compare. They don't need an entire book filled with people discriminating against a family like theirs. For children of non-lesbian/gay households, the lesson of hate is represented. More importantly, this book is about love, and that is what makes it special and important. It shows a family and a community that are supportive and joyous together, accepting all of the community members, even those who are not themselves accepting. Marmee and Meema never lash out or say unkind things to the woman that glares at them and their children. They simply explain that she is afraid and doesn't understand them. In Our Mothers' House is another brilliant success in lessons of love and diversity for Patricia Polacco and is a book that any parent and any child could fall in love with.
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Posted January 3, 2012
Patricia Polacco is a master story teller and has once again managed to help young children (and adults) understand a subject that often raises controversy in this warm story of a family. This book helps children understand that there are many kinds of families and all of them are just fine. I have used this book in my elementary classroom. I would definitely recommend this book to parents and educators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2009
It's a sweet book that might bring a tear to your eye.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The narrator is the eldest daughter with two mothers. She describes her loved-filled family in an inclusive manner.
Posted May 15, 2009
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