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The Resource Heather has two mommies, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell

Heather has two mommies, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell

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Heather has two mommies
Title
Heather has two mommies
Statement of responsibility
Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn't have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn't matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another"" -- provided by publisher
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
Rainbow List, 2016.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Newman’s picture book is evidence that this modern classic of LGBTQ literature—the first children’s book to feature the child of two lesbian parents—is a survivor despite the fact that, from its first publication, the book has been one of the most challenged in America. It was, in fact, the ninth most-challenged book of the 1990s, and this new edition seems sure to spark still more protests. Though a quarter of a century has passed, the book holds up well. With new illustrations and a slightly revised text, it remains a charming, sweet-spirited story that still fills a need, as children of same-sex parents too often continue to be subject to taunts, teasing, and other forms of mean-spirited opprobrium. Nevertheless, times are changing as gay marriage has become legal in 36 states, and Heather, in an understated way, has changed, too. In the book’s first edition, Heather’s two mommies were partners. Now—though it goes unremarked in the text—the two women are depicted wearing wedding rings; it appears that Heather still has two mommies, but now they are married! Newman and her new illustrator Cornell deserve kudos for bringing fresh life to this standard title. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 05-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 17)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — This is a new edition of the now classic picture book, first published in 1989. The story opens with descriptions of Heather playing with toys in the tall grass behind her house. The child has two of many things including arms, legs, feet, and elbows. "Heather has two pets: a ginger-colored cat named Gingersnap and a big black dog named Midnight. Heather also has two mommies: Mama Jane and Mama Kate." As Heather enters school for the first time she observes that many of the students in her classroom have unique families. To illustrate, Ms. Molly asks the children to draw pictures of their families. Each drawing displays the differences found within each household, yet as Heather's teacher comments, "The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." The author's text is simple yet powerful in its ability to move readers of all ages. Cornell's fluid watercolor and gouache illustrations breathe life into this delightful story. Each page is artfully and distinctly rendered to be a visual depiction of the beauty and joy of diversity. VERDICT Readers will be warmed by this glimpse into Heather's family, whether revisiting the text or experiencing it for the first time.—Claire Moore, Darien Library, CT --Claire Moore (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p74)
  • Heather has two mommies—and a new look!Newman's picture book about Heather and her mommies first appeared 25 years ago as the product of desktop publishing and a determination to create a story reflecting family diversity. This updated version includes new illustrations by the commercially successful Cornell, which supply humor and avoid lesbian stereotypes that dogged earlier versions. In keeping with prior, small-press revisions, the updated text omits reference to alternative insemination, and the story resists focusing on angst Heather feels over having two mommies. No one teases her or otherwise makes a big deal of her particular family's configuration. Instead, validation is the order of the day, and when a circle-time conversation about families arises on the first day of school, Heather's teacher has her pupils draw family pictures. Although Heather is initially worried that she might be the only child without a daddy, the artwork reveals diverse family constellations—one child has two daddies, one has a mom, a dad and a stepfather, some have siblings, one depicts a grandmother and pets. "Each family is special," Ms. Molly affirms. "The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." When Heather's mommies pick her up at school, they delight in seeing her picture. Welcome back to Heather and her mommies. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10410513
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Newman, Lesléa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD460L
  • Decoding demand: 74 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 39 (low)
  • Syntactic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 76 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cornell, Laura
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Lesbian couples as parents
  • Gay parents
  • Children of gay parents
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Families
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Lesbian couples as parents
  • Gay parents
  • Children of gay parents
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Families
  • Children of gay parents
  • Families
  • Gay parents
  • Lesbian couples as parents
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Mothers and daughters
Target audience
primary
Label
Heather has two mommies, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1082983
Dimensions
cm
Edition
Brand new edition of the modern classic!.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780763666316
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013957349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763666316
  • (OCoLC)884479973
Label
Heather has two mommies, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1082983
Dimensions
cm
Edition
Brand new edition of the modern classic!.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780763666316
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013957349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763666316
  • (OCoLC)884479973

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