Review: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

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Title: A Tale of Two Daddies
Author: Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood & Mike Blanc (Illustrators)
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publication Date: April 1st 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 42 pages
Source: eCopy from the Publisher via NetGalley

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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.”

Intended for 4- to 8-year-olds, this book introduces a type of family increasingly visible in modern society. Neither favoring nor condemning, it reflects a child’s practical and innocent look at the adults who nurture and love her. It becomes clear that the family bond is unburdened by any cultural discomforts.

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Oh gods. This is sooooo cute! I want to snuggle those two kids right here in my arms. They’re just so so cute. And I love the illustration of the book, it is beautiful.

So this is about a little girl who has two fathers: Poppa and Daddy. And has a little boy friend who asks her everything about her two daddies. Like who braids her hair, who baths her, etc. And I like the way how the whole thing ends with the little girl smiling and holding both her fathers different hands. And telling her friend that they love her.

Vanita Oelschlager created such a simple story yet holds a very strong message. That it is definitely not wrong to grow up with two fathers or two mothers. That living with a gay family makes no difference with living with a traditional family. And the little girl proves that.

I really really do love this story because it’s very simple yet so meaningful. And I love it. Everyone should read this!

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