I have to say, I spent this entire book trying to decide whether or not being "blue" was a metaphor for being gay. I have to say, I am still not sure but I think that it might be. I think this because there are two dads, if it weren't about a gay family I think that there would have been a husband and wife and just the husband would have been blue. Going with this, it is interesting that they chose to put it that way, in a metaphor. Perhaps they thought that it would be easier for children to understand it this way. I don't know if I really agree with that, but this would open things up for a lot of conversation and discussion. For example, "Why would are there two dads? Why do you think they are blue?" I would be interested in fact to know what children would respond with. The reason why I don't agree with it is that being blue is something very strange that you really don't see in the real world, but a gay family is something that you do see. I know that in the book the son, Lou, is explaining that just because the dads are blue/gay doesn't mean they aren't normal. However I just feel that it is too odd, and children might not be able to see around it. I don't know, maybe that doesn't make sense, maybe I am cancelling out my earlier points. I just think that it is good to be straight forward with kids. I am about to start talking in circles I think, so I will move on. I like how on the cover of this book and in the title, it covers more than just a gay family. It shows one dad, which could be a single parent home and brown dads, which could be seen as an African American family(?). Another interesting thing is that one of the dads is holding a plate of cookies which it seems he just baked. It is interesting because when dads are depicted generally they are playing sports or grilling, not baking. I like that this book challenges assumed gender roles.
This book could be seen as provocative, but I don't think that is a reason to keep it away from children. It is suggested for ages 2 to 6 and I agree. As I mentioned before, it is good to teach children about acceptance and that there is nothing abnormal about a gay family. Yet again, there could be trouble with some parents if you want to have this book in your classroom. However, I feel like I would at the very least show and read this book to students and discuss it.