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My friend Lincoln says
you have two dads.
That's right. Poppa
and Daddy.
– A Tale of Two Daddies


A Tale of Two Daddies cover

A companion to A
Tale of Two Mommies

Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9819714-6-9 Amazon BN

Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9819714-5-2 amazon


Vanita Oelschlager
Kristin Blackwood
and Mike Blanc

Ages 4-8
42 Pages



The Readers Heartstring

January, 2013


A wonderful little story that is both funny and intelligent. Everyone should read this book to teach not only tolerance, but acceptance. Should be shared in schools!




Give The Kid a Book

January, 2013


Such a cute story! A great book to help explain two daddies to kids. Cute illustrations and an easy read for the age range. Great for helping bridge understanding.




Ohana Day Academy

January, 2013


In this delightful story of a young girl who was adopted by two men, we see that having two daddies isn't any different than having a mommy and a daddy. We get to see this in such an entertaining and beautifully rhythmic way that even the very young could understand that two loving parents are the same no matter if they are two men, two women or a man and a woman.

The illustrations are wonderfully done. The large illustrations made the story clear and concise and easily understood by even the youngest child.

The author covered a broad range of topics by answering the sometimes awkward questions about same-sex parents through a child's eyes.

I highly recommend this story to anyone struggling with this issue. Or simply anyone who wishes to enlighten their children to the realities that some children have different families.



Tolerably Smart

December, 2012


Curious about his playmate’s eponymous parents, a boy asks a girl many questions to which she cheerfully answers. The boy would ask two questions, and the girl would give two answers forming a cycle of questions and answers. I liked how the answers aren't always “daddy did this. poppa did that,” that there was variety to keep the narrative fresh. Instead of being repetitive and therefore dull like a rock, the narrative was rhythmic and catchy.


Each question and answer had an illustration on top. The illustrations are big and bold, simple in detail but vibrant in color. They reminded me of the clip art in Microsoft Office, to be honest; that’s a compliment. While I liked the illustrations, I found it odd how the story never showed the daddies’ face. Instead, only their body parts were shown, commonly their legs from feet to waist. I didn’t like this style of showing a child’s PoV. It weakened the mental picture of the family for me.



Cozy Little Book Journal
November, 2012


This is a simple story about a little girl with two daddies: Daddy and Poppa. When a boy on the playground asks her what it's like having two dads, he wants to know things like "Who tucks you in at night? Which one helps with homework? Which one braids your hair?" The little girl happily explains which of her day-to-day activities are best performed by Daddy, Poppa or both (or, in the case of staying up late or helping her match her socks, neither). The little girl's life is happy, secure and, of course, completely normal.

I particularly liked that the illustrations were very reminiscent of primers from the 1950's. Normally I'm not a fan of children's book illustrations that look too dated, but in this case I think it's good for the story. It references an idealistic vision of Americana with nuclear families and houses in the suburbs (both children look like they could have stepped right out of Family Circus or Dick and Jane) and subtly reinforces the message that families with same-sex parents fit in perfectly well with this ideal, thank-you very much. I also liked that it wasn't focusing on her not having a mommy, but on how great it was to have two parents who loved her and were each good at different things.

I read this book with my three-year-old daughter Magda, who lives with her mother and father (that's me! and her dad!) but who understands that different families have different dynamics. The thing she liked most about it? Thinking about which parent was best at which things. She liked that the little girl in the story was loved and had people looking out for her. Then she proceeded to rattle off all of the things that she needs help with and which parent usually helps her (Daddy takes me grocery shopping, Mommy takes me swimming, Daddy usually gives me a bath, Mommy makes my lunch, both Mommy and Daddy tuck me in at night, Mommy is better at braids...).

Ultimately, the appeal of this book isn't just the "message" that some kids have two dads (or two moms, or just a mom, or a dad and a stepmom, or whatever). The appeal of this book is that it lets children think about all the ways in which they are loved and cared for, by whomever is in their family. Well done!


Owl Tell You About It

September, 2012


When I saw A Tale of Two Daddies on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. I’m not well versed in children’s literature (yet), but a book aimed at helping some children understand the lives of others is something I really support. I think this book is adorable and I loved the art. The pictures are my favorite part of children’s books. I guess it’s the child in me.

Incidentally, the Vanita Oelschlager and Mike Blanc also did a book called A Tale of Two Mommies. It’s pretty much the same format. What I really love about these books is the diversity of the children within them. It’s easy to find picture books where all the kids look the same. I’m not saying that the author or illustrator is trying to relay a message that you should be like everyone else or only hang out with those like you. The fact that there are authors and illustrators making a point of including diversity and multicultural relationships is something I can really get behind.

I love it! So cute!





July, 2012


Synopsis: A Tale of Two Daddies is told through a playground conversation between two children, one of whom is a girl who has two dads. This story can help parents and teachers handle questions about same-sex parents. Illustrations.

My Thoughts: While I do not have any children, I believe it is very important to raise children to love and understand differences rather than to hate them, and therefore I was intrigued by the concept of this book. This is a very simple book, which clear, large illustrations, and it’s so sweet that it made me all weepy. I believe this is a book that would be very beneficial to help explain same-gender families to curious, young children, and also will prove helpful in helping children learn to read, which is the perspective from which I can see it.


Kayla's Reads and Reviews

Kayla Eklund

July, 2012


A Tale of Two Daddies is a great educational children's book. It teaches kids about children who have gay parents. It helps children of gay fathers explain that they get as much love and attention as someone who has a mom and a dad. The illustrations are very well drawn. They show the child having fun with both fathers. They also show what role each father plays in the child's life. This book is great to teach children about lgbt relationships. I hope A Tale of Two Daddies is something that every child has the option to read.


Adoptions From the Heart

June, 2012


An adorable tale of a little girl with two daddies. Her friends ask her questions about what its like to have two daddies. Fun illustrations tell the story while the two kids play showing that her family is the same as anyone else’s. This is a great book for lgbt parents and for anyone wanting to teach tolerance and that just because a family looks different doesn't mean it functions differently.



March, 2011


I stumbled upon this week’s book in our local library a few months ago and I instantly loved it.


The author of “A Tale of Two Daddies”, Vanita Oelschlager, does a wonderful job capturing the genuine curiosity expressed by children when they meet someone who has a family that looks a little different from their own. This charming story features a little boy who wonders about the family of his playground playmate; a little girl who has two dads.


As the two children play together, the little boy begins to ask a series of questions including, “Which dad helps you when your day begins?/ Who is there to tuck you in?”


The little girl proudly responds, “Poppa’s awake when my day begins. / Both of my daddies tuck me in.”


I love that kids and caretakers can read this story and think about who helps them in their own home and discover that while each family is not exactly the same, love is always there!

“Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?”

“Both, of course!”


Through it’s simple story and beautiful illustrations, this book reminds us that a child’s concept of “family” is ultimately formed by what they know and see around them; so surround the children you love with books about the love shared between all families!




What Smart Girls Are Reading Today

January 17, 2011


As I contemplated Peter Appelbaum’s use of children’s literature in curriculum theorizing, I wondered if I could apply his concepts to books about same-sex parents.  “A Tale of Two Daddies” is about a little girl with two daddies, Poppa and Daddy.  It is a very simple story of who does what narrated by her friend. We don’t ever get the name of the little boy who narrates, but the care of the little girl rotates between the two dads, or may exclude them (she can match her own socks!), or may include both of them.


I think the lessons here are obvious if we only want to use this text as curriculum.  However, if we want to consider this story in terms of theorizing, then we need to ask more questions:  Why is there a need for such a book?  What occurrences in the author’s life prompted her to write this book?  Who do these characters represent to the author?


The author, Vanita Oelschlager, wrote this story for her grandchildren, she says on the fly page, and all proceeds will go to the multiple sclerosis society in honor of her husband. It would be interesting to know what other children might draw from this book.  What kind of back story would elementary children write from reading this book?  What questions would come up for other children after reading this book?  The little boy claims that someone named Lincoln said she had two daddies.  Who is Lincoln?  Why is Lincoln needed to give credence to the questions he has for his friend about her two daddies?




Muddy Puddle Musings

January 8, 2011


There are many things I like about this book, and just a couple that I don't. I love the subject, of course, that a child of any gender can live a normal, loving life with gay parents. I love that the personalities of the two dads are not only discussed, but SHOWN in the illustrations. Only their legs, never their faces. Love it! I love that this wonderful child is such a free spirit. I like that the story rhymes and has somewhat of a rhythm. And that leads me to what I'm not so crazy about...the rhythm is off in many places, and sometimes the rhyming seems forced. But you can't have everything, right?




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Rita Lorraine Hubbard

August and December, 2010


If you are starting a blended family, or know someone who is, Vanita Oelschlager's new children's book, A Tale of Two Daddies, is the perfect book for you.


A Tale of Two Daddies, is told through the eyes of two children: A boy who is fascinated that his friend has two daddies, and a girl who is proud to spell out all the things her "daddies" do for her.


The girl calls her two daddies "Poppa" and "Daddy," and tells her friend, in exquisite detail, how the two are different, and how they are alike:

"Poppa's the one when I need braids."

"Daddy is there when I'm afraid."


Thus proceeds a delightful tale of love, trust and family pride. Illustrator Mike Blanc tops the story off with bright, colorful drawings reminiscent of early childhood at its finest.


For a heartwarming story about unconventional families, unconventional roles and unconventional love, pick up a copy of A Tale of Two Daddies.


The Children's Book Review
Bianca Schulze

June 2, 2010


A simple and effective story of a young girl who has two dads. It is written from the perspective of the little girl, and most definitely offers up a non-threatening way to open conversations about same sex parents. As for the pictures: I always enjoy Kristin Blackwood’s linoleum block print illustrations.


Books by Behavior

August, 2010


Through a series of simple questions one little boy comes to understand one little girl who has two daddies. He is curious and she is proud. Bright, colorful, uncluttered illustrations add to the book.


This simple text shows how easily children can accept a family with two daddies. The little boy asks normal-type questions because he is curious not because he is trying to hurt or embarrass the little girl. The little girl gets to share about her family in a way that lets the boy and the reader know she is proud.


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