Publisher: Vanita Books
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Received From: NetGalley
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.
TAGS: children’s picture book, children’s, picture book, queer characters
This book is just as adorable as A Tale of Two Daddies!
Once again, this book highlights the fact that children are not born with anti-queer sentiment–they learn it from the people around them. The kids in this book are so precious as they excitedly ask questions about which of the protagonists mommies helps him with different parts of his life. The way he answers them is so matter-of-fact with no room for question and it’s so lovely to see the other children simply accepting that he has two moms and continuing on with their playing.
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.