Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Jun 1 2000
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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
About the Author
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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I have read some excellent 'current issue' children's fiction books which succeed in telling their story (and inspiring creative thinking) without using color (Days with Daddy) but the lines in those stories were well-defined. The hazy presentation of this book will ironically make it difficult to talk with kids about so-called alternative families. The most open message in the world becomes cold and inviting if it cannot appeal to the eye of the intended reader.
Plus, if colors convey mood, this same decision may inadvertently suggest the women and Heather are engaged in something secretive and not as valid when compared against the activities of status quo idealized heterosexual families. Ms. Newman may have completely different politics, but she seems to echo the far right's endless admonitions about sexuality and youth with the layout.
Future editions need to have clear color graphics throughout the text.Art is not benign, but a political statement as important as carefuly crafted text. It is difficult for children to be excited/proud about their families (or the existence of GLBT families) after reading a book which seems gloomy.
HEATHER HASTWO MOMMIES has been the focus of a great deal of controversy in school districts and with parents and other adults. This is a lengthy story which can be seen as an "explanatory book" because of the focus on spelling out how Heather's family began. Part of the story is dedicated to: how Heather's mommies were friends for a long time, fell in love and decided to live together, how they created a family, visited a fertility doctor and extended their family with a child. There is even a page or two on the types of careers the women have. Mama Jane, the biological mother, is a carpenter and Mama Kate is a doctor.
The discussion of alternative insemination includesvisiting the "special" doctor, putting some sperm in Mama Jane's vagina, and the sperm and egg meeting in the womb. This detail is needed to explain how Heather was created without a father. This section makes for interesting conversation among eight year olds, for example, who are beginning to question and understand the world of sexuality and family configurations, or even six- or seven-year-olds who are wondering how a child cannot have a father because "you need a mother and father to make a baby.Read more ›
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I had this book as a child, and I absolutely loved it. The style of art allowed me to color it in as if it were a coloring book as I read the wonderful story. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
This book launched the homosexual literary onslaught. It is one of many publications used by the homosexual lobby to force acceptance of a depraved lifestyle by influencing young,... Read morePublished on July 9 2004
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003
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... Read morePublished on July 23 2003
First off all, this book deserves some credit for being one of-if not the very first- books for kids dealing with gay parents. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by violet
The illustrations should be in color to interest children.
The edition I have does not have the artificial insemination part. Read more
This book is quite groundbreaking, and is excellent in the way it speaks to children about the differences among families. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Webmaster, OurWorldToo.com
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Andrea G.
My now 13 year old daughter was given a copy of the first edition and printing. Now, when other lesbian couples have kids, it is her standard baby present. Read morePublished on March 1 2001 by kathleen
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