Heron and Maran tackle some controversial issues in this book. Young children might be distressed by the intolerance of the kids who attack a small girl who feels she has the right to talk about her family that has two dads. Other children will easily understand the reaction of the heroine's brother who sees her disclosure as a betrayal. Readers will appreciate seeing that the two kids and the two dads have dissimilar reactions when dealing with the same situation. The emotive tone of the book is great for eliciting discussion. The illustrations, however, take away from the books as a whole.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-- Jasmine thinks she's lucky to have three dads--a stepfather, her natural father, and his lover. However, her schoolmates and even teachers find this hard to accept. Jasmine's brother is subjected to name-calling and almost ends up in a fight over his father's lifestyle. At home, the two dads are supportive and understanding, and the children's natural father contacts the principal about it. A special assembly is the result, with a children's counselor discussing different kinds of families. A subplot, featuring a lesbian and her son, speaks nonjudgmentally to the issue of the sexual preferences among the offspring of homosexual parents. This book with a purpose does a good job of raising the issues sensitively and answering the questions reasonably. Scratchy ink drawings depict an African-American family living in an average neighborhood, with the children attending a racially balanced school. --Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library