Saturday, June 22, 2013

The twin kangaroo treasure hunt : [a gay parenting story]

The twin kangaroo treasure hunt : [a gay parenting story] 
by Carmen Martínez Jover 
illus. by Rosemary Martínez 
Language: English 
Carmen Martínez Jover, 2013. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 607006545X ; 9786070065453 
My annotation: Jack and Sam, a gay kangaroo couple, want very much to have their own twins after seeing little kangaroos all around them at a visit to the fair. They decide to pay Wise William a call to get his advice. Wise William pulls out a scroll from his trunk that lists the three things needed for a “Twin Kangaroo Treasure Hunt:” sperm, eggs, and a womb. They know they already have the sperm, but they will need the eggs and a womb, so they go see Kind Kamila and Sweet Susan who both readily agree to give Jack and Sam what they need. Having obtained the final two ingredients, they visit Wise William once more who tells them to go see Dr. Good Gotunda who knows how to mix the ingredients together in order to make a set of twins. It is not clear here that twins are not guaranteed every time a doctor mixes sperm and egg together in a “test tube” but still, two embryos are fertilized and both are placed in Sweet Susan’s pouch. This book is an introduction for the children created via donor egg and surrogacy and introduces the terms “egg donor” and “surrogate.” The book takes a child-conception approach and employs the “helper” script. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Library of Congress Subject Headings:

  • Kangaroos -- Behavior -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction
  • Parental behavior in animals -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction
  • Homosexuality -- Juvenile fiction


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