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Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Jun 1 2000


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 10th Anniversary edition edition (June 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555835430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555835439
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.5 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This handsome 10-anniversary edition of a minor classic presents the story of Heather, a preschooler with two moms who discovers that some of her friends have very different sorts of families. Juan, for example, has a mommy and a daddy and a big brother named Carlos. Miriam has a mommy and a baby sister. And Joshua has a mommy, a daddy, and a stepdaddy. Their teacher Molly encourages the children to draw pictures of their families, and reassures them that "each family is special" and that "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." In the afterword, the author (whose other children's books include Matzo Ball Moon) explains that although she grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood, there were no families like hers on the television or in picture books. She came to regard her family as somehow "wrong," since there was no Christmas tree in the living room and no Easter egg hunt. Whatever the religious right may wish to think about nontraditional families, there is no denying that any child enrolled in an American school will encounter friends with single parents, gay parents, stepparents, or adoptive parents. This new, revised version of Heather Has Two Mommies offers an enjoyable, upbeat, age-appropriate introduction to the idea of family diversity. The book is essential for children (ages 2 to 6) with gay parents or family members, and a great addition to a Rainbow Curriculum. --Regina Marler

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Diana Souza illustrates and designs for authors and publishers throughout the nation. Her works include "The Spiritual Life of Animals and Plants" and "Realms of Light: Clairvoyant Experiences of Life After Death." Her website, http://www.canaryperch.com/, is updated frequently.

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By A Customer on May 29 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the ground-breaking book about a little girl who has two mommies, a lesbian couple. Ten years ago the authors had a terrible time trying to get their book published and finally put up the money themselves. I suspect perhaps this is why the illustrations are in black and white, because color is more expensive. Although very sweet and adorable, it would be nice if the illustrations were in color. But there are plenty of books that are beloved classics and have one color illustrations such as "Millions of Cats or "Make Way for Ducklings." That is the only "fault" I find with this book. The book gives children of both gay and straight parents the security of knowing that their families are all just fine the way they are. Today only 25 % of families are traditional, with a dad and mom. As more diverse families have come on the scene more books have been written about this issue so that all children can feel they have a place at the table. After all, a family is a group of people who love and support one another--two moms, two dads, a mom and dad, grandparents, an aunt or an uncle, guardians, foster families, single parents, etc. Kids need to know this, so that they can grow up feeling proud of their families and accepted by their friends. This is in no way a "subversive" book, but one that is eminently useful for children of both straight and gay parents. If children know the truth, they have less chance of being bullies toward those children of families that "appear different." Our children live in a diverse world. They need the facts so they have to tools to flourish in it. Knowing that there are such things as gay parents will not make children gay, because sexual orientation is fixed at birth.Read more ›
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By violet on Feb. 24 2003
Format: Paperback
First off all, this book deserves some credit for being one of-if not the very first- books for kids dealing with gay parents. This book has a sweet story and is appropriate for small children- not too gritty or 'adult' or anything.
However the attempt at showing 'alternative' families in a positive light backfires- the lesbian couple is a caricature of steryotypical butch/femme couple one might see on a... sitcom. The 'two mommies' reinforced a lable rather then break it and show them in a positive light. I'm sure the author was trying to be 'authentic' but all that was accomplished was the women looking even MORE different and 'weird' and heather looking even more alien then similar to a male/feamle household. I thought that was really unfortunate.
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By Andrea G. on Oct. 17 2002
Format: Paperback
It's really interesting how the author, Leslea Newman portrayed not only homosexuality but the understanding that there are different types of families out there. It clearly teaches acceptance and open-mindness to kids. This is the first book on this topic that I've ever read and I would definitely recommend this book to parents in trying to introduce the concept of awareness to kids in understanding things that they don't think is normal, just because they don't come across it daily. The only thing that I think they could have improved on was using colored pictures instead of black and white, to catch more of the kids attention to the story. Overall, it is a great book, I wish more books like this are publish to minimize stereotypes and promote awareness.
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By A Customer on July 23 2003
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe that this is still considered such a controversial book. I was a teenager when it came out and found myself amused but not really interested in the subject matter. Now I am a mother with a gay brother-in-law, and I really want my son to understand that families come in all different types. The bottom line is the love is the same, and this book really helps convey that idea. I also give this book as a gift quite often, to rave reviews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 10 2003
Format: Paperback
Both my partner and myself fell in love with this book. Our daughter also likes reading this book. She likes it so much that she wanted to give one to her class so that they could "learn" that there are families that don't always have a mom and a dad.
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