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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 16, 1994)
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hildren love a good story. The follow
ing books all tell good stories about
families with gay and lesbian parents.
They are not, however, only for the
children of gay men and lesbians. Any
child on your holiday shopping list will appreciate
One Dad,Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads,
Me l o d y
S a r e c k y .
c o mp a r i n g
one of them
has one dad
and the other
has two. And
one dad is
brown and the
blue. An easy-
land, 1991; $7.95. Another book from the author
that shows that all dads are really the same. Ages 2
of Heather Has Two Mommies. Gay Pride Day is a
special day for Gloria and her two mothers. Told
Gloria Goes to (¡ay Pride, by Lesl6a Newman,
through the eyes of a little girl who views Gay Pride
illustrated by Russell Crocker. Alyson Wonder
Day as one of the truly fun holidays. Ages 3 to 8.
The Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jones, by
Forman Brown, illustrated by Leslie Trawin. Alyson
Wonderland, 1991; $7.95. Young Jefferson Jones
lives with his mom during the week. Weekends he
spends with his dad and his dad’s friend, Joe.
Jefferson always has a dad to play with because he
has two. This seems very unfair to his friends, who
only have one dad each. So Jefferson loans his dads
to his friends.
Two Moms, The Zark, and Me, by Johnny
Valentine, illustrated by Angelo Lopez. Alyson
Wonderland, 1993; $12.95. A young child with
two moms goes to the zoo and makes friends with
a playful animal called a Zark. A close encounter
with the narrow-minded McFinks, and some help
from the Zark, all help explain what a family truly
is. Ages 4 to 8.
Uncle What-Is-It Is Coming to Visit, by
Michael Willhoite. Alyson Wonderland, 1993;
$12.95. Uncle Brett is coming to visit. All Igor and
Tiffany know about their mother’s brother is that
he is “gay.” They ask some older kids what “gay”
means and are startled by the answers. Uncle Brett
turns out to be not very startling at all. A good look
How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?
by Ann Heron and Meredith Maran, illustrated by
Kris Kovick. Alyson Wonderland, 1991; $9.95.
When Jasmine tells her class that her father is gay
the news quickly travels through the entire school.
Her older brother, Michael, is angry that she told
their secret. Parents, classmates and teachers all
learn important lessons about the diversity of fami
lies today. The authors are lesbian mothers who
wrote the book with help from their sons. An
excellent look at the unique concerns of the chil
dren of gay men and lesbians. Ages 6 to 12.
Compiled by Kristie Chatwood
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