Thursday, September 02, 2010

review: Daddy, Papa, and Me

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. Tricycle, 2009 (978-1-58246-262-2) $7.99 board

This is advertised (along with its companion, Mommy, Mama, and Me, which I haven't seen) as being the first board book featuring gay parents; assuming that's true, I'm glad the first ones are so appropriately board-bookish, with a text in simple rhyme and mixed media illustrations that are bright and lively.

The story is about a (no specified gender) child playing with daddy and papa: daddy helps paint, papa helps bake; daddy strums on a guitar, papa drums; daddy shows how to sew, papa shows how to throw; "Daddy's plane goes zoom, zoom, zoom! Papa's car goes vroom vroom vroom!" Nothing all that special, but nothing that makes you feel like you're hit over the head with a hammer, either. (Except maybe the aprons. I'm all for the two dads modeling non-stereotypical behavior, but do we have to model 1950s t.v. mom?)

I'm hoping this won't stay a one-of-kind for long, but for now, it's the go-to book for those looking for an enjoyable board book in which gay parents are taken for granted. No trauma, no speeches, just a normal day in a normal life. (1-4)

© 2010 Wendy E. Betts

FTC disclosure: Review copy borrowed from the public library. This blog is completely independent, but I receive a small percentage if you order books from Powell's via this site.

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Blogger Buffy bligged...

Good to see you back around, Wendy! And thanks for this review.

9/02/2010 4:38 PM  
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Thanks. :-) I've been having some trouble with exhaustion and scatter-brained-ness, which makes reviewing more difficult. Trying to still keep an oar in, though.

9/02/2010 6:42 PM  
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Hi, I'd love to send you a book now that you are back.. Is there an email where I can send more info or an address to mail a copy? Thank you!

9/19/2010 7:36 PM  

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