Parents & Teachers: Book Review, "Heather"
Full title: Heather Has Two Mommies
Written by: Leslea Newman
Review By: Julia Ransohoff,
high school student writer
In Heather Has Two Mommies, Heather lives happily with her two mothers. After enrolling in a daycare program, Heather realizes for the first time that she does not have any fathers. After she tells this to the class, another girl comforts her by telling Heather that she has two fathers but no mothers, and another classmate has a single mother. After drawing pictures of their families, Heather learns that some children are adopted, some kids live in two different houses with two sets of parents, and some of her classmates are just like her.
In fact, she learns that all of her classmates have families identical to hers because, as her teacher Molly says: "The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other."
Heather learns that her family is not different; it is special. She comes to recognize the special bond between her two mothers and the love they share with her. I recommend that parents read this book with their children to help them learn that the love between family members is what creates a family. It would be appropriate to share this book with a classroom of young children and discuss their stories. In the process, children will learn about themselves and others.
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013