Review: A Tale of Two Mommies, by Vanita Oelschlager

tale of two mommiesMike Blanc (Illustrator)

A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.
True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”


A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.
This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

Children talk. They ask questions. Especially about what’s different or unfamiliar. Answers are always honest and from the heart. Vanita Oelschlager does a great job in A Tale of Two Mommies displaying a child’s point of view of having same sex parents and the differences. The differences to the child? No more than any other child and a parent. All that matters is someone is there when they have a bad dream, someone is there to teach them that manners are an important quality to have in life, that someone is there when they have a bad day to listen and make it all better. It’s not important which parent kisses the boo-boo,  as long as it’s kissed. Responsibilities aren’t different just because there’s no mommy and daddy, cause mommy has it under control. Most of all what’s important to a same sex parented child…that they are loved—unconditionally and often.

The book expresses the ease of this acceptance from one child to another. The love the child has makes any question easy to answer and once the answer is given, curiosity has been fed and life is good—or that’s how most children see it.

A  wonderful story accompanied by bright and beautiful artwork. Great for those inquisitive children and parents who are searching for a way to explain why Janie or Johnny has two daddies or mommies.