Friday, November 29, 2013

Some people have two mums

Some people have two mums 
by Fabri Kramer and Luca Panzini
illus. by Luca Panzini 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013 
36 p. : col. ill. ; 16 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 1484097122; 9781484097120 
Summary: This second book from the Some Families series is about Milo, a happy little boy with two mums. We follow him through his bedtime routine and learn how his mothers were helped by a donor to bring Milo into their lives. An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples are having children through surrogacy, co-parenting, donor and adoption. The Some Families books have been written to show that families come in many different combinations. Every child deserves a book that reflects their lives. Some people have two Mums also aims to help children from all backgrounds understand more about families with same-gender parents. 
My annotation: Milo is a “much loved” little boy who loves to battle giant octopuses at bathtime and imagine being the hero in a land filled with dragons and pirates at bedtime. His other favorite thing is to hear his favorite bedtime story, the one about how he was born. It all began when his two mums met and fell in love and wanted to start a family of their own. They explain however that two mums cannot have babies on their own so they had to visit a doctor and were introduced to a “very nice man” who wanted to help them. Although the term “sperm donor” is not used, children are introduced to the concept that a third party was involved in their conception. The book uses Britishisms like “mummy” and “cheeky” but assuming that it is a parent reading the story to their child, this can easily be changed to “mommy” when reading aloud. The book also introduces the concept that children can grow up in all sorts of families and that not all little boys have two mothers. Well-drawn color illustrations depict a very happy and content little boy and two parents who absolutely adore him. It is recommended for children ages 3-5.

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