Monday, March 29, 2010

In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco

The position of the apostrophe in the title sets the stage; there are two mothers in the family described in this picture book. A couple of Caucasian lesbians (who look like most lesbians I know -- short-haired and dressed always in trousers) adopt three children of assorted skin colours. The eldest daughter narrates this story about growing up in Berkeley, California. Polacco's illustrations depict a lively, loving household. I like that the story takes place over decades, starting with babies and ending with the middle son married with children and living in the house where they all grew up. Age 3 - 7

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