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In Our Mothers’ House – Book Review


From the Cover of In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco:

“Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their cozy home, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, they dance and play together. But one family doesn’t accept them. Maybe because they think they are different: How can a family have two moms and no dad?
But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.
Here is a story of wonderfully unique family, living by its own rules, and held together by a very special love.”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be for adoptive families, especially those with same-sex parents. The book also appears to be written for kids ages 6- 10. However, as is common for children from traumatic backgrounds, it could be possible that older children who are mentally/emotionally younger than their chronological age will be actively engaged in this story.

The illustrations in this book seem to be in a drawing style. They were colorful and seemed to keep the emotions and spirit of the story moving.

This story takes readers on the journey of a multi-racial family with same-sex parents. The tale gives you insight to the activities and memorable fun events for this family. The book also appears to have a parallel story that accounts the conflict that the family came up against due to people not looking favorably on same-sex parents.

Overall, this book seems to open the doors for any family to talk about various adoption topics and topics about what makes up a family. All of the elements appear to come together well to form a great tale that can be used for healthy conversation.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How were the moms in the story different from each other?
  2. What is one thing their family loved doing together?
  3. What kind of activities were at the block party?
  4. How do you know the family in the book are a family?
  5. What makes your family a family?
  6. Why did the woman yell at the moms?
  7. What would you tell the family after the woman yelled at them?


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