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A Tale of Two Mommies

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982636671
  • Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 514,146
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. Vanita and her husband Jim were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She was the Congressional Angels in Adoption award recipient for the State of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS Society in 2008. Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the United Way.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    Okay books on a good topic The idea of a child having two mommie

    Okay books on a good topic
    The idea of a child having two mommies or daddies instead of one of each could be confusing for the child’s friends, as author Vanita Oelschlager explores in her two picture books, “A Tale of Two Mommies” and “A Tale of Two Daddies.” Each book portrays a young child being questioned by his or her playmates about which mom or dad helps with various tasks, such as baking a cake, looking for a lost kitty, or coaching T-ball. The child answers each question with one of two names for his or her parents (Momma and Mommy or Poppa and Daddy), or sometimes the answer is “neither” or “both.” Whatever the answer, the child proves he or she is taken care of no matter what the situation. With bright, colorful illustrations and a positive message, children with gay or lesbian parents could easily enjoy these books. Since there are still few books available for this market, simply by writing these books the author is helping reach out to children who are searching for a family like theirs portrayed in what they read. These books do not get into the more serious problems, such as teasing, that a child of gay or lesbian parents may face, but that’s okay because that is not the author’s aim. By focusing on everyday activities, loving parents, and playing with friends, these books are tailored for a young audience simply looking for a life like theirs. Though the publisher recommends these books for ages 4-8, they are better suited to ages five and under due to the picture book format and simple text.

    I only had two problems with these books:
    1. The parents are only shown from the waist down. I guess this was to give a child’s-eye view, but any child focuses on his parents’ faces and it makes the story seem incomplete without being able to visualize the whole family.
    2. Each book ends abruptly. Since these are not really stories, just a series of questions, there is nowhere for the books to go, and maybe that’s why the author seems to just stop the books without real endings.

    I would recommend these books for the non-traditional families they portray, not for their writing, which is simple rhymes and lacks creativity. These books could be shared with any child to help introduce lessons on different family structures and the idea of acceptance.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    This book(A Tale of Two Mommies) is for a younger child than I a

    This book(A Tale of Two Mommies) is for a younger child than I anticipated so I am not sure how to rate it. I can say that it presents the idea of having two mommies in terms a child, even a fairly young child, could understand: who takes care of you when you're sick? Who plays ball with you? Who bakes cookies? etc. Of course my favorites are when the little boy says that they both do!. There's no propagandizing, just simple answers to a questions important to a child. Probably a very good book to help a young child understand that families come in all shapes and sizes but a family takes care of each other.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Two reviews in One. A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Momm

    Two reviews in One. A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Mommies.

    These two books were truly a fun read. The reality is that our world is constantly changing and with more and more same sex couples raising children of their own, it's important for all children to be taught that different is ok but that “different” is not that different at all. These books do just that.

    In each of the books we have a little girl being raised by daddies and a little boy being raised by mommies. Each has curious friends who are asking which parent does what in their household.

    I personally enjoyed reading A Tale of Two Daddies more than A Tale of Two Mommies. I found the rhyming and the flow to be executed a bit better with the daddies and the illustrations were great for both books. Overall, I think these books serve their purpose, although, I do think that it would be best for smaller children. I think older kids would pose tougher questions but for smaller kids, these books are the right fit.

    Copies of each book were provided by Vanita Books via NetGalley.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Well written

    Bought this book for my 3 year old. It is very well written but probably more at a 5 or 6 year old level. The art is great but my son seems disappointed that you never actually see the moms except for from the waste down. I know the book is supposed to be from the viewpoint of the little boy but it still would have been nice to see the family as a whole at least once during the book. All in all very nice & definatly worth buying. One of my top picks in the very limited world of lesbian mom childrens books.

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