by Lerone Landis
illus. by Bill Young
Lerone Landis, 2014.
34 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 0692333967 ; 9780692333969
Summary: The premise of Gabrielle's Gift is a simple one - a child's wish for a very special birthday gift. It is a gift that that nearly every kid will ask for at some point in their childhood, the gift of a pet! This everyday typical scenario is coupled with an atypical family dynamic in which Gabrielle's parents are two dads. The unique family is never explicitly mentioned. The visuals speak for themselves and the common story make it relatable to absolutely any and all kids, regardless of their family make up. Gabrielle's Gift is a fun, short, and to the point story. The message that beauty comes in all different colors and forms is not an overbearing one, just an additional one. Yet it is represented as a metaphor through the eyes of a pet and Gabrielle's family.