REVIEW: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager


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DSC04443Title: A Tale of Two Daddies
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Year of Publication: 2010
Genre: Childrens
Format: Ebook
Length: 42 pages
First Line: “My friend Lincoln says you have two dads.”

Summary: A Tale of Two Daddies is a playground conversation between two children. The boy says he heard that the girl has two dads. The girl says that is right. She has Daddy and Poppa. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which dad helps when your team needs a coach? / Which dad cooks you eggs and toast?”

To which she answers: “Daddy is my soccer coach. / Poppa cooks me eggs and toast.” It becomes clear that the family bond is unburdened by any cultural discomforts.

Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

A TALE OF TWO DADDIES is a picture book for young children to show them that families with parents of the same gender are no different than any other household. Because one parent might cook dinner while the other coaches the kid’s soccer team like any other family (oh God that came out wrong). The story rhymes, so a typical two page spread will be like “Poppa’s the one when I need braids. Daddy is there when I’m afraid.”

I enjoyed the illustrations. They were very colorful and the style reminded me of Schultz’s PEANUTS.

The books is 42 pages long and honestly I think that’s rather long. After a while of repetitive examples of how same-sex couples are amazing parents in rhyme… it gets really boring. It doesn’t help that whoever is in charge did not vary where the text is placed to make the book slightly more interesting as you go through it.

Worst part: Very repetitive. Feel that even a child might get bored.

Best part: Nice tool for teaching kids that same-sex parents are no different than traditional opposite gender parents.

Grade: C

Recommend For: Anyone who decides they need to read their child this type of book

Other Books by This Author: A Tale of Two Mommies and Made in China: A Story of Adoption

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