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Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

Heather Has Two Mommies (1989)

by Lesléa Newman

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This is a book about how families can be different. In this case, Heather has two mom's, who are lesbian. The book discusses how all families come in different shapes and sizes, but they are still a family. It is okay to be different. Good book that was controversial early on due to the same-sex content in a children's book. ( )
  TarynNicole | May 10, 2017 |
This book about a little girl who has two mothers wonderfully demonstrates the diversity of familial structures that might be seen in a classroom today. I liked that this book pictured all sorts of families-- not only do we get to see a family in which both of the parents are women, but we also get to see families that include single parents, families in which both parents are men, families in which a grandparent is the guardian, as well as the typical nuclear family structure. I love that this book celebrates diversity; however, I also thought that it seemed a bit overly-positive, almost to the point of seeming unrealistic, especially when you consider that this book was first published in 1989. Obviously, diversity is a reality of this world, but resistance to diversity is also a reality of it. I think that, perhaps, a story about a girl who receives backlash for having two mothers but perseveres would make a more realistic and useful book for children who do come from families with LGBTQ parents. That being said, this book could be a good one to read to children who do not come from these families, as it might expose them to the idea that families come in all shapes and sizes. ( )
  btbarret | Apr 6, 2017 |
We live in a world where equality and love are beginning to rise above homophobia and hate. This book was so subtle in its delivery of a very real and sometimes difficult topic to address as an educator. This book also perfectly captured the innocence of a child through not over addressing the topic and showing that children can be more open and accepting than adults sometimes. Without giving too much away, this book also slammed gender roles by giving both mommies professions normally dominated by males. Loved this book. ( )
  MikalaTeague | Dec 3, 2016 |
I loved this book for a number of reasons. The first reason being that this book pushes readers to think about tough issues and broadens perspectives. For example, the basis of this story is about a little girl who has two mothers instead of the traditional “mother and father.” This pushes young readers to understand all of the different family dynamics. For example, when the teacher asked the students to “draw a picture of their own families” and each student drew something different (mom and dad, dad and dad, grandmother and me, etc.). Another aspect of this book that led me to enjoy the reading was actually the illustrations. Although the illustrations did not have color and were drawn with the appearance of sketching, it seemed that there was significance to this. Specifically, the book wanted to base its theme on non-traditional family dynamics and keeping the book in black and white is a great way to neutralize race and focus on the topic at hand. The big idea that I gathered after reading this book was that not all family dynamics are the same and that is just fine. ( )
  TaylorSistek | Oct 17, 2016 |
Heather has Two Mommies isn't just a book about a girl whose mothers are lesbians. It is a book that highlights just how many different types of families exist in our modern society- which is a very important concept for people to understand. Each family is different and that doesn't make one kind of family right or another wrong. That is the exact attitude this book teaches in an attempt to normalize the presence of LGBTQIA+ parents in the school system and in society in general. Unfortunately, even in 2016 we have people who don't see things this way. I, for one, look forward to the day homosexuality isn't taboo. ( )
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Beyond the addition of color, the new Heather has been otherwise altered or, I should say, expurgated. Eight crucial pages are missing—a cut that goes back, in fact, to the book’s tenth anniversary edition. Disappointingly, these pages have not been re-instated—but they are the very core of the narrative, emotionally, aesthetically, and politically.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 155583180X, Paperback)

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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When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.

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