Saturday, November 10, 2018

[ARC REVIEW] A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

Title:  A Tale of Two Mommies

Author:  Vanita Oelschlager

Artist:  Mike Blanc

Genre:  Children's / LGBT / Family

Year Published: 2011

Year Read:  2018

Vanita Books, LLC

Source:  eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

I would like to thank NetGalley and Vanita Books, LLC for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly have not read many children’s books that dealt with same-sex parents. The only children’s book I had read that dealt with same-sex parents was “And Tango Makes Three,” which I really enjoyed.   I actually picked up that book because it was on the banned children’s book list and I was curious in seeing what the controversy surrounding that book was all about.  Anyway, after I finished reading that book, I was interested in reading more children’s books that features same-sex parents and I managed to find this cute little children’s book called “A Tale of Two Mommies” by Vanita Oelschlager along with artwork by Mike Blanc.

This book is basically about a young boy telling his friends at the beach about what kind of activities his two moms do and he refers to them as momma and mommy.  His momma would do activities like teach the young boy to ride a bike or make scary faces with a flashlight, while his mommy helps the boy set up a campsite and is the coach of his T-Ball team.

Wow! Vanita Oelschlager’s writing was just so adorable and inspiring to read through!  I rarely read children’s books that dealt with the child having same-sex parents since there aren’t that many LGBT themed children’s books out there (or there aren’t that many that I could get my hands on).  So, I was happy to finally get around to reading this book and I loved the way that this book tackled the topic of same-sex parenting in a kid-friendly way.  I loved the fact that Vanita Oelschlager manages to bring in the topic of same-sex parenting by having the boy’s friends ask what kind of activities the boy’s mothers do with their child.  I liked the fact that the other kids never asked about why the boy has two mothers because it helps send out a message that it does not matter what kind of family you have; what matters is that you love them no matter what.  Mike Blanc’s artwork is extremely adorable to look at, especially of the images of the little boy doing various activities with his two moms.

Overall, “A Tale of Two Mommies” is a fantastic book for children who also have same-sex parents and who want to read a book that’s relatable to them.  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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