One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
Two children—one with blue dads, one from a more traditional family—compare notes in this light hearted book about parents who are different. In the end, of course, they discover that blue dads aren’t really that different from other dads. Except for one thing.
Funny and light-hearted, with nothing blatant. Appeals to a preschooler’s sense of the ridiculous without insulting them. My five-year-old loved it, and he only has one dad and one mom. Also encourages thinking about racial issues and questions about how “other” kids families might be structured (divorced, single-parent, step-families, gay families, adoptive families). Bright, well-composed illustrations. Vibrant text. MUCH more fun (and less preachy) than “Heather has two mommies” or the “Daddy’s Roommate” books.
ONE DAD, TWO DADS, BROWN DAD, BLUE DADS tells the story of Lou and his gay fathers, who happen to be blue. A young girl is very curious about his blue dads and asks many questions which Lou thinks are rather silly. For example, she wants to know if his blue dads can sing, cook, work, play, and stand on their heads like her dad can. Lou replies, “What funny ideas you have. Do you think dads are different because they are blue.” The message is quite clear; blue dads, or gay dads, experience family life similar to white, black, or heterosexual dads.
Publisher: Alyson Books
Release Date: 2004