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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches chidren that families come in many different shapes, sizes, and kinds. It doesn't matter what kind of family you have or how it is made up.
Encourages children to think openly and flexibly about family. Families can have only one parent, only grandparents, can have two dads or two moms, or a dad and a mom, etc. Friends can also be family.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a little White girl whose parents are two White dads. After introducing her family, she points to many other different kinds of families, and many are families of color and/or families with parents of the same gender.
Violence & Scariness
Rumi's baby brother likes to "pull her hair."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daddy & Dada is a positively charming picture book that teaches children about all the different kinds of ways families can look. Four-year-old Rumi has two dads, one baby brother, and one puppy. But many other families she knows look different. Some have only one parent. Others have one dad and one mom or two moms or only grandparents. As Rumi points to other families she knows, each one features a different kind of family composition as they play at the beach, go hiking, play sports, get ice cream in the park, or go on a family drive. From family scenes in the home to scenes showing off different kinds of families baking, dancing, singing, or riding bikes, this bright and colorful book is easy to read.
Is It Any Good?
This happy little picture book is colorful, charming, and inclusive. The main message in Daddy & Dada is positive and necessary. Also, each page shows off a different kind of family doing different family activities. Family composition has greatly changed since the 1960s. And it's delightful to see books that represent the incredibly varied ways families are made. This is a great book for all families with children of the target age to have in family reading rotation.
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