Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Bentley The Bunny' by Jamie Bachelis

Author Jamie Bachelis and illustrator Camy De Mario have teamed to create a new series of children's book - the BENTLEY THE BUNNY series and this new edition continues to indicate that they have a very promising future. Though all of this pair’s books are sensitive and deal with issues many others fail to approach, credit is truly due to the courage to present this excellent book that deals with same sex partnering.

Bentley goes to the park and sees other bunnies and when asking about fathers and mothers Bentley learns that some bunnies have two papas and some have two mamas. In keeping the book for children as a source of understanding, the language is tender and beautiful: ‘Bentley was confused. Why do you have tow Papas and NO Mamas?’ Oliver said, ‘Because my Papas love each other. I have a friend who has only two Mamas and no Papas, Her name is Jessie.’ Bentley’s Mama adds to the discussion with a very positive discussion of where babies come from and about adoption. ‘The most important thing is that they are happy and they love each other. It doesn’t matter how many Mamas or Papas he has. Families are made up of bunnies who care about each other and are happy together.’

Bravo to Jamie and Camy for presenting a very current issue with a way in which to explain it to children. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 15

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