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Excerpt - Heather Has Two Mommies

      Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes, two ears, two hands and two feet. Heather has two pets: a ginger-colored cat named Ginger Snap and a big black dog named Midnight.
      Heather also has two mommies: Mama Jane and Mama Kate.
      Mama Kate is a doctor. Heather likes to listen to her heartbeat with a real stethoscope. When Mama Kate has a headache, Heather gives her two aspirins. When Heather has a cut on her knee, she asks Mama Kate to put two band-aids on it.
      Mama Jane is a carpenter. Heather likes to look in her toolbox. She has nails and screws and a long yellow tape measure. Mama Jane has two hammers: a big one for herself and a little one for Heather. Mama Jane and Heather are building a table together.
      On weekends Heather and her mommies spend lots of time together. On sunny days they go to the park. On rainy days they stay inside and bake cookies. Heather likes to eat two gingersnaps and drink a big glass of milk.
      One day Mama Kate and Mama Jane tell Heather they have a surprise for her...
© 1990 Lesléa Newman


Reviews - Heather Has Two Mommies

"Just as wonderful as we had hoped." --Feminist Bookstore News

"....this book is an important addition to library collections serving both conventional and alternative families." --Booklist, American Library Association

"...ideal for reading aloud to children who face the pain and perplexity of difference. In a tender tone, child-size worries are calmly acknowledged and gently answered. Grade: A" --Entertainment Weekly

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