In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
A joyous look at a family with two mothers and children of all different colors, this book is filled with laughter and love. Children who live in all sorts of families will find themselves at home here as we learn about favorite sun-filled rooms, the surprise of puppies, building a treehouse, and a colorful blockparty. The book basks in normalcy, family and everyday moments that mean so much to children. There is a moment when a neighbor expresses her fear about their lifestyle, but that incident too is handled with a gentleness and grace that marks this entire picture book. As the children grow into adulthood, we get to see the wonderful job of parenting come to fruition. Most picture books would not need this button at the end, but in this case, it was important to underline this.
Polacco has created a complete vision of a family here. Readers get to see them be together for important events and everyday moments. Her writing invites us into their lives, demonstrates their love for each other and their children, and leaves us hoping that we as parents can do this well. Children of gay and lesbian parents will find this book a wonderful mirror of their lives, celebrating what two parents of any sex can create in a family. Polacco’s art enhances the story, underlining the warmth and love that is inherent in the book.
An important book to have in public libraries, this is a real celebration of families and the many forms they come in. Appropriate for ages 5-9.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.