Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

SUMMARY

7975507Publisher: Vanita Books
Release Date: April 1, 2010
Received From: NetGalley

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.”

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

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TAGS: children’s picture book, children’s, picture book, queer characters

REVIEW

This book is adorable!

The short picture book does a lovely job illustrating how queerness is normal to children and that any anti-queer sentiments they may express are borne of nurture rather than nature. The little boy asks the protagonist which of her daddies does what for and with her, and the little girl simply answers while the boy accepts without question.

I’m incredibly happy to see books like this in circulation to help dispel society’s negative beliefs towards queerness and only hope that they are in the hands of many children.

REVIEW4 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother,grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won’t go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this “elephant”, and to share some of the larger lessons about life they’ve learned through the disease.

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