A Tale of Two Daddies

A Tale of Two Daddies


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A Tale of Two Daddies is a playground conversation between two children. The boy says he heard that the girl has two dads. The girl says that is right. She has Daddy and Poppa. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which dad helps when your team needs a coach? / Which dad cooks you eggs and toast?” To which she answers: “Daddy is my soccer coach. / Poppa cooks me eggs and toast.”

A Tale of Two Daddies is intended for 4-8 year olds.  It becomes clear that the family bond is unburdened by any cultural discomforts. This book introduces a type of family increasingly visible in our society. Neither favoring nor condemning, this book reflects a child’s practical and innocent look at the adults who nurture and love her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981971452
Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

 Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator. Some of her other books include My Grampy Can’t Walk; Let Me Bee; Big Blue; Made In China; What Pet Will I Get?; Ivy in Bloom and Ivan’s Great Fall. She uses a linoleum reduction technique for creating the illustrations for this story. Kristin lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her two daughters.

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Tale of Two Daddies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mossing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little boy and a little girl are having a conversation in a park. He asks and she answers in rhyming text, questions about her fathers. "Who's your dad when your hair needs braids? Who's your dad when you're afraid? / Poppa's the one when I need braids. Daddy's the one when I'm afraid. The lyrical text and bold, big-eyed cartoon illustrations make this an enjoyable read-aloud. Interestingly, the illustrations are shown from the perspective of the little girl. The reader never sees her fathers' faces, just their legs and hands. Bold lines and bright colors make the images pop from the page. This would be a helpful resource in a discussion about answering other children's questions. Ages 4-8. Additional purchase.
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
The Art: I really like this artwork! It is bright and colorful and fun. Plus its very cute! The Prose: The story is written in a two questions then two answers pattern. It is very easy to read and the flow is very smooth. The last word in both questions and answers rhyme so its almost like reading a poem or a song and it gives it a very cheerful sound. The Message: The general message is: It doesn’t matter if you have two moms or two dads, they still share responsibilities and divide responsibilities in the same way a traditional mom and dad would. I think this is a great message for all kids. If a child has two of the same sex parent it will reinforce the fact that there is nothing wrong with having two mommies or two daddies. If a child has a traditional, one mom / one dad pair it will show them that not all kids have one of each, and that family dynamics are pretty much the same despite the difference. I really like that this book is written as conversations between kids without adult involvement. The children’s questions are innocent and they are just trying to understand. There is no malice. Just simple curiosity. You can almost see the wheels turning in their minds. “My mom braids my hair, so if you have two dads, who braids your hair?” An adult might take offence to this because “Men can braid hair too” but a child doesn’t necessarily know that. They just know what they see in their own life. So they ask the questions, accept the answers and move on. No harm done!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book about a little girl with two daddies. In simple rhyming text, a boy asks her which of her dads helps her do certain things, from building a tree house to helping with homework. Some things her Poppa does. Some things her Daddy does. Some things both dads do, and sometimes neither one does it because she does it on her own. The responses are similar to that of a child with any two parents. One often does one thing, one does another and they both do some. Whether the two parents are mother/father, momma/mommy, or poppa/daddy it is clear they are a loving set of parents. It is wonderful to see children so accepting of whatever family dynamic their friend has. The bright, humorous, illustrations show us the little boy and the little girl talking, shifting to pictures of her doing activities with her dads. We never see the dads' faces, only their hands or from the chest-down. This gives an emphasis on the girl and her loving experiences with her fathers. It is unfortunate that the attitude of acceptance we are all born with, changes as we get older and have different experiences. A great story to teach acceptance of all families to children. The rhyming and the illustrations will endear themselves to anyone reading this book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A great rhyming book that's worth a good look! Out in the playground, having fun That’s when a friend’s questions come She has two Daddies, that is true And he wants to know what each will do. From cooking, building and loving too He questions her about what they do Some things are done by one or the other Some by her and some by another Whatever the task, it does not matter, as It will be done with love, whoever it was From cleaning and healing a scrape on the knee Love is certainly forever the key. The book is delightfully illustrated too Helping it appeal to young children, that is true. The questions are simple and asked in rhyme With poetic answers, too, every time. Encouraging talk is a great thing As talking can understanding bring. The topic is treated with respect and shows Love is the answer as the author knows. This book, like ‘A Tale of Two Mummies’ too, Is sold to raise money for charities who With additional funds can help others so To get this book, please off you go! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must have for every gay family, a great story!
Rumor_Has_It More than 1 year ago
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.