Hopefully you have read enough about me to know that I am open to learning and teaching my children. That is why when I was presented the opportunity to review a book that features two fathers who are married to each other I jumped at the opportunity. It was the perfect way to bridge a conversation with my children. The name of the book was All Is Assuredly Well. It was written by Professor Gore, co written by Meastro Wilson and Illustrated by Angie F M. Trotter.
Professor Gore Meastro Wilson Angie F. M Trotter
King Phillip the Good and his husband, The Most Excellent Don Carlos Emiliano Felipe de Compañero y Campañero, live sedate, uneventful lives until King Phillip dreams of having a baby girl. Structured around The Hero’s Journey, King Phillip must follow his mentor, the Blue Star, and encounter allies (a newt and a bluejay) and overcome gatekeepers (a biting fish and a bear) as he completes a series of tasks to prove himself worthy of becoming a father. Once proven, the Blue Star presents him with a baby girl in the middle of a fairy circle of a thousand different flowers in a thousand brilliant hues. He returns home to present Baby Milliflora to his husband, and the loving husbands joyfully become loving father.
I was going to use the book to start a conversation with my children about LGBT topics. However, the book is handled so perfectly that my boys did not even notice and I read it to them 3 times LOL I finally asked what they thought about it being two dads and my 4 yr old said the one King was brave and they should be good dads. That was pretty much the end of that conversation with him. To me this means the book which is designed for children was written extremely well. It was not in your face or trying to prove a point. It was a beautifully written story designed for a mom like me to read to her children.
I know the story line may offend some but in the eyes of a 4 yr old it was just a really good adventure story. My favorite part was that King Phillip who was the more timid of the 2 Kings was the one who went on the journey. I have a very timid 11 yr so this connected with him in that it’s ok to be quiet and shy you can still be brave. The illustrations of the book were pleasing to look at and added to the story by giving a visual to your imagination.
How My Children Responded
I firmly believe in addressing topics with my children. After I finally asked my kiddos how they felt about 2 dads none of them had noticed. Me bringing it up tho allowed us to discuss LGBT topics. We personally are not but it helped my children to see that anyone can be or do anything. They are not weak or different. They are people. My sons have already been around other people who are in same sex relationships and are extremely close to a few but they are women. My sons did not realize men also may be in a relationship with another man. It made me proud to see that they just loved the book. It did not even enter their minds to question any of it. My one son related to King Phillip in that he is very quiet also. What he took from it was be who you are and be proud of it but also sometimes step outside who you are if its important.
If you are hesitant please rest easy there is nothing in this book to offend anyone. My family and I do not chose a LGBT lifestyle but we certainly respect other peoples choices. I was nervous for a brief moment but once I looked over the book I was like oh ok no worries. If your children are anything like my 4 it will not even connect in their minds it is 2 fathers. It is a well written, tactful, and in my mind beautiful book. I’m sure the author did not write it to prove a point or force a issue but the book did prove a point to me. Family is what you make it and everyone deserves their happiness if they are willing to fight for it.
Where You Can Find All Is Assuredly Well
You can find more about All is Assuredly Well and the authors and the illustrator online:
– Blog Tour Dates (in Chronological Order)
July 2nd @ The Muffin
Grab a morning treat over at Women on Writing’s blog The Muffin and read our interview author Professor M.C. Gore and enter to win a copy of the book All is Assuredly Well. http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/
July 3rd @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog
Author Professor M.C. Gore will be a guest writer over at Mari’s #JournalingPower blog where she talks about writing the hero’s journey. https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog
July 5th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Come by Ashley’s blog Mommy Daze: Say What?? where she shares her thoughts on Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. http://adayinthelifeofmom.com/
July 6th @ Coffee With Lacey
Get your coffee over at Lacey’s blog Coffee With Lacey where she shares her thoughts on the book All is Assuredly Well. http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/
July 7th @ Cassandra’s Journey
Stop by Cassandra’s blog where she interviews author Professor Gore about her book All is Assuredly Well. http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/
July 8th @ Madeline Sharples Blog
Author Professor Gore is a guest writer over at Madeline Sharples blog where she shares her thoughts on alchemical literature and how it affects her thinking as a writer. http://madelinesharples.com/
July 9th @ Bri’s Book Nook
Stop by Briennai’s blog Bri’s Book Nook where reviews Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/
July 10th @ Break Even Books
Come by Erik McManus’ blog Break Even Books to find out what he had to say about the book All is Assuredly Well. https://breakevenbooks.com/ July 10th @ Georgia Ball’s Author Blog Come by Georgia’s blog where she features a blog post written by Professor Gore about how the author found her illustrator and who she is. http://georgiaballauthor.com/category/book-review/
July 12th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Professor M.C. Gore will be a guest writer over at Ashley’s blog Mommy Daze: Say What?? where the author describes her experience on the witness stand as an expert witness when the city of Wichita Falls, Texas banned Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate. http://adayinthelifeofmom.com/ July 12th @ George Ball’s Author Blog Come by George Ball’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. http://georgiaballauthor.com/category/book-review/
July 14th @ A Storybook World
Professor Gore is a guest writer over at Dierdra’s blog A Storybook World and she’ll be writing about how her local writers’ club convinced her to self-publish, and why/how she started her own micro-publishing company (including how a MAJOR publishing company editor she pitched to told her that she would buy the manuscript, but not the illustrations because she had a “completely different vision” for the book). http://www.astorybookworld.com/
July 15th @ The Late Bloomers Blog
Come by Gigi’s blog The Late Bloomers blog where she shares her thoughts on Professsor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. http://thelatebloomersbookblog.blogspot.com/ July 16th @ Auden Johnson’s Blog Stop by Auden Johnson blog to read Professor Gore’s guest post on her supernatural experience involving her Advanced Graduate Statistics professor and how that relates to this book. https://www.audenjohnson.com/
July 17th @ Coffee With Lacey
Come by Lacey’s blog and read her interview with Professor Gore, one of the authors for All is Assuredly Well as well as with the illustrator of the series, Angie F. M. Trotter. http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/
July 19th @ The Writing Dreamer Come by Jessica’s blog
Professor Gore will be a guest writer and will be talking about how a workshop on screenwriting made her a better story writer. http://wolfdreamer25-myjourney.blogspot.com
July 22nd @ Just a Place to Drop My Thoughts
Stephanie will be reviewing Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. Come by and see what she thought about this impactful book! https://stephaniemathis.blogspot.com/
July 23rd @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Check out Cassandra’s blog to find out her thoughts on Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. Professor Gore will also be discussing her thoughts on why attending conferences and workshops are worth the money (and how to make the best use of your time at one). http://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/?m=0
July 24th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Come by Anthony Avina’s blog where he shares his thoughts on Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
July 26th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Check out Anthony Avina’s blog where he will be sharing Professor Gore’s guest post on why she selected Maestro Wilson as her co-author and how they worked together. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
July 27th @ The Faerie Review
Come by Lily Shadowlyn’s blog The Faerie Review where she reviews the book All is Assuredly Well. www.thefaeriereview.com
July 28th @ The Faerie Review
Make sure to catch Lily’s interview with author Professor Gore, one of the co-authors of All is Assuredly Well. www.thefaeriereview.com
July 30th @ Books and Motivation
Come by Prakash Vir Sharma blog and read his interview with author Professor Gore. www.booksandmotivation.wordpress.com July 30th @ The Faerie Review Come by Lily’s blog where author Professor Gore writes about fighting academic freedom after a student complained about Professor Gore’s class material about LGBQT class material. www.thefaeriereview.com