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My Princess Boy

A Mom's Story About A Young Boy Who Loves to Dress up
Kilodavis, Cheryl (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. "This little boy loves the color pink, and sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses, and sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy, and his family loves him exactly the way he is. Inspired by her son, and by her own struggles to initially understand, this is one mother's story about unconditional love, and one remarkable family."--Dust jacket.
Authors: Kilodavis, Cheryl
Title: My princess boy
a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2011, c2009
Edition: 1st Aladdin hardcover ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Cheryl Kilodavis ; illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone
Notes: First published: Seattle, Wash. : KD Talent, c2009
Summary: A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. "This little boy loves the color pink, and sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses, and sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy, and his family loves him exactly the way he is. Inspired by her son, and by her own struggles to initially understand, this is one mother's story about unconditional love, and one remarkable family."--Dust jacket.
Additional Contributors: DeSimone, Suzanne Illustrator
ISBN: 9781442429888
1442429887
Branch Call Number: jE KILODAVIS 2011
Subject Headings: Gender identity Juvenile literature Nursery schools Juvenile literature Social acceptance in children Juvenile literature
Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Topical Term: Gender identity
Nursery schools
Social acceptance in children
LCCN: 2011281172
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"This little boy loves the color pink, and sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses, and sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy, and his family loves him exactly the way he is. Inspired by her son, and by her own struggl... Read More »


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Mar 21, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Hmmmm. I like the concept of the book for sure. Yes, we should love our children for who they are, even if we don't always understand the things they like. I agree with many other reviewers that the illustrations were not right for this book. The faceless characters take the immediacy and intimacy out of the story, and without a face Dyson could be a little girl with short hair. I feel like the facelessness takes away part of his identity. Also, it's a little creepy...and I think kids would be more curious about why no one has a face and less curious about why this boy wears girl's clothes. I don't know. The book was okay, but I don't think it's fantastic enough to be my first choice when referring to this subject matter.

Also, having known a princess boy (this book could have been about him; it was eerie) I know that not all families are loving and supportive and accepting of their little boys stepping outside of firmly defined gender roles. Even families that want to be supportive may struggle immensely and be uncomfortable with their child's nonconformity. I would have liked to see some notes for parents in the back of this book, tips or reflections from the author about how she and her husband have embraced their son's love of all things "girly". The book doesn't feel complete without this

Although this title is part of a LGBT list, it's about moving past prejudices, pre-conceptions, catergorizing in how a boy acts and dresses. Perhaps a bit like the book and song William Wants a Doll, which is no longer in EPL but I think is the 1972 copy recorded on Amazon.

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