Hi, I’m back! Hubby and I have been on a whirlwind trip taking in ten countries in just over thirty days. More about that later. Right now I’m getting back into writing, catching up with my critique partners and I’m so glad to see PPBF is back too. So let’s get to it…
Heather Has Two Mommies
Illustrated by: Laura Cornell
Published by: Candlewick Press 2015
Ages: 3 – 7 years
Theme: families, two’s,
Opening Lines: Heather lives in a little house with a big apple tree in the front yard and lots of tall grass in the backyard. Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears, two hands, and two feet.
Synopsis: (from the flap) Heather’s favorite number is two. Apart from two legs, two arms etc… she has two pets, and two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy. Am I the only one here who doesn’t have a daddy? Heather wonders. This delightful edition of Leslea Newman’s modern classic featuring inviting, vivid illustrations by Laura Cornell will reassure a whole new generation of young readers that “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other.”
Why I like this: This is a lovely fresh look at a classic story first published back in 1989. (I was surprised to see that Google classed it as the first Lesbian themed book ever written for children.) The text is simple yet powerful and children learn that there is great diversity in what makes a family. I loved the teachers foresight in showing children that no matter what makes your family, the main thing they need to remember is the love within the family. A great story for all ages and will certainly make for great discussion in the classroom and at home.
Resources/Findings: Here is a reading of the book….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHPELRbTINk
Great back story about how the book came about by Leslea Newman….. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-heather-has-two-mommies-20170511-story.html
All you need to know about Leslea Newman…. http://www.lesleakids.com/aboutleslea.html
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