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Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
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Heather Has Two Mommies (1989)

by Leslea Newman

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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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    Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart PhD (aspirit)
    aspirit: Although the LBGTQ pride flag was not a part of Heather's setting, the themes in these two books are similar. Children who have two mommies (as a couple) might especially enjoy the book about rainbow families.
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    A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary (aspirit)
    aspirit: A similar story with the same message is told in a different style.
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Heather lives happily with her two moms, Mama Kate and Mama June, and their two pets, Gingersnap and Midnight. However, when Heather begins school, she starts to wonder if she is the only kid without a dad. The teacher notices and decides to ask the class to all draw pictures of their families. The book shows each student's picture, detailing the people in their drawings; some have two moms, some have two dads, some have step-parents, some have grandparents instead of what Heather thought a "normal" family was (one mom and one dad). This is so important for kids to become familiar with! There is no "normal" family, and the teacher's quote that the only thing that matters in a family is that "all the people in it love each other" put that concept into words perfectly. I loved the message of this book and how explicit the theme was. ( )
  dperkins9 | Mar 2, 2020 |
One of the first "two mama" books. Dedicated mostly to setting up that the little girl has an ordinary life with two mamas. Pretty good for that sort of explicit "here is a type of family" narrative. Useful if paired with books that similarly address different kinds of families in an explicit fashion, but this should not be the only two-mama or two-papa book in a library or family collection. If you have this one, consider getting "The Different Dragon" or "The Dragon and the Doctor" to show a two-mama family where the same-gender aspect is backgrounded, not foregrounded. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
Little Heather lives in a comfortable home with a mother who is a doctor and another mother who is a carpenter. Her mamas tell her she will start school then help her settle on her first day. At (pre-)school, she wonders if she's the only one there who doesn't have a daddy. The teacher turns the conversation about parents into a drawing activity that shows a variety of families.

From the descriptions, two of the students each have a mom and dad, and the others have a single mom, two dads, a mom and stepfather, and a grandparent as a guardian. Some of the children have siblings; others don't.

Laura Cornell's soft but lively illustrations (in this 2015 edition) added fun elements that encourage additional engagement by the reader. We compared the settings to ours. My daughter enjoyed searching for the sticky bandages on stuff in the home scenes. "What happened?" she asked. "The -item- had a boo-boo!" We also liked how the pets were included in the family without taking from the story's focus on what Heather and her mommies have in common with the families of her schoolmates.

This sweet book's overall message is handled well. While families are formed in more than one way, might look different from each other, and use different terms, all families are bound by love. ( )
  aspirit | Oct 18, 2019 |
This is a great story to introduce diverse families. The story shows that as long the people in it are happy it doesn't matter who they are. Heather has a great time with her two mommies, but when she starts school she wonders if she is the only child without a daddy. The teacher has the class draw pictures of their families. Once the pictures are hung, everyone can see all the different family units. Laura Cornell illustrated this book wonderfully. The way she laid out her art on the page gave the story humor and pulled me into the story. For example, she drew Heather playing with her two animals. The dog was decorated with jewelry and a flower on his head. He has an "are we done" look on his face. The cat is sitting in her shoe with its nose pointed up like "glad it's you and not me." ( )
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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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Leslea Newmanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cornell, LauraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Souza, DianaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Sarah and Miranda Crane and all their friends

– L. N.
To my wonderful family, and Heather's wonderful family

– L. C.
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Heather lives in a little house with a big apple tree in the front yard and lots of tall grass in the backyard.
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