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Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies

Spring 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Leslea Newman
Illustrator: Laura Cornell
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763666316
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Lesléa Newman's landmark picture book about a little girl and her same-sex parents stirred up loud controversy when it was first published. Twenty-five years later, it is the sweet-natured celebration of inclusion and family in all its configurations (two moms, a mom and dad, two dads, one dad, one mom, grandparents, step-parents, brothers, sisters, etc.) that resonates. (In interviews, Newman has pointed out that the most subtle-and hard to see-change is that Heather's moms are now wearing wedding rings.) The reassuring text of this updated and revised version paints a picture of a happy child's everyday life at home and at school; new illustrations by Laura Cornell give the book a sunny glow.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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