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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560234202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560234203
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 5 Up–Thirty-two individuals between the ages of 7 and 31 provide enlightening perspectives on the confusion and prejudices surrounding this issue. Snow emphasizes that problems arise due to divorce, homophobia, and discrimination from peers and politics, not because being gay or lesbian results in bad parenting skills. The voices range from naive to experienced and philosophical, depending on the narrator's age. A black-and-white spot illustration decorates the opening page of each chapter. This inspirational, eye-opening title gives readers who have gay and lesbian parents a much-deserved voice.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. Thirty-two individuals, ranging in age from 7 to 31, reflect on the experience of having a homosexual parent. Of course, some are more articulate than others, but all candidly express their feelings, which typically range from initial bafflement through hurt to acceptance. In many cases, divorce and its impact seem to be larger issues than a parent's sexual orientation, though the painful consequences of bigotry and homophobia are also factors. As one 16-year-old girl wisely notes, "People don't even seem to try to understand; they just get scared and confused and act out of hate because something is different." Though primarily targeted at children of gay and lesbian parents, this book has information, insight, and understanding to offer to readers of different circumstances^B and ages. Michael Cart
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This book is light in content, but very insightful. It's directed more at kids, but I read it as a gay parent. It gave me some important insights that I would not have otherwise considered.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good for older kids Jan. 3 2007
By J. Frost - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking it would be good for my daughter and my partner's daughter. It has some good writing, but definitely get this for an older teen. The stories weren't really coming from kids my daughter's age (10), so they were harder to relate to for her. Perhaps in a couple years she'll pick it up and give it another try.

I love the premise of this book...and I'd like to see something just like it but written from younger kids' perspectives.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's about time! Aug. 3 2006
By Anglo Dad - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I found that it's something so new over the past few years, as far as something that people talk about. We've come so far relative to diversity, acceptance, and sharing our personal stories, that a book like this is a breath of fresh air. I'm happy that it talks about things from a child's perspective, and doesn't try to be too clinical or matter-of-fact. My children loved the book (they're teens....and I'm a gay dad) and it put all of the challenges, blessings, and difficulties into perspective for them. We're all walking a different path, and it's great to see what others (and their children have gone through.
Good book but I need to know more about older children June 26 2014
By Mark - Published on
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Good book but I need to know more about older children that would be in foster care that need a stable home environment.
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This wa a gift for a family going through custody battle and they said it helped them with seeing opinions from other people and reading it.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Quite Disturbed that this come up under Mentally Ill Parents Aug. 18 2006
By Gwynne Ellen Ash - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've never read this book, but I'm very disturbed that it came up under a search of mentally ill parents. I think amazon should be ASHAMED to have classified homosexuality as a mental illness. I am SHOCKED!