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Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is...
Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.
Here is a true Polacco story of a family, living by their own rules, and the strength they gain by the love they feel.
This gem of a book illustrates how love makes a family, even if it's not a traditional one. The narrator, a black girl, describes how her two Caucasian mothers, Marmee and Meema, adopted her, her Asian brother, and her red-headed sister. She tells about the wonderful times they have growing up in Berkeley, CA. With their large extended family and friends, they celebrate Halloween with homemade costumes, build a tree house, organize a neighborhood block party, and host a mother-daughter tea party. The narrator continually reinforces the affectionate feelings among her mothers and siblings, and the illustrations depict numerous scenes of smiling people having a grand time. Most of the neighbors are supportive, except for one woman who tells Marmee and Meema, "I don't appreciate what you two are." Eventually, the children grow up, marry heterosexual spouses, and return home to visit their aged parents with their own children. Is this an idealized vision of a how a gay couple can be accepted by their family and community? Absolutely. But the story serves as a model of inclusiveness for children who have same-sex parents, as well as for children who may have questions about a "different" family in their neighborhood. A lovely book that can help youngsters better understand their world.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Posted May 7, 2009
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.
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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