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10,000 Dresses Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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“I loved the way the author referred to Bailey as "her" throughout the book, which struck me as a simple way to introduce children to this topic.”
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It's nighttime once again and you know what Bailey's dreaming about? Dresses. Beautiful dresses hung with crystals or created out of the petals of lilies and roses. Dresses that show windows to other worlds. Gorgeous dresses, 10,000 in all, that are everything Bailey has always wanted.Read more ›
10,000 Dresses is a classic "finding happiness in who you are" kind of tale. Bailey has dreams of creating wonderfully designed dresses, but is confronted with disapproval and disdain because "You're a boy." Bailey's sadness is overcome by an interest in helping Laura, who offers friendship and acceptance in return. The unique quality of Bailey's understanding of gender identification is a fine counterpoint to the universality of a protagonist experiencing a challenge and ultimately achieving success.
Oh how opinionated we can be about child rearing until we have one!
We got this book at our public library. My 4 year old daughter picked it out. I glance at the books she picks out (we bring home a lot every week) and this one seemed like the cutesy princessy pink books that are sometimes well written.
Started to read it, loved the description of the dresses.
And then as I'm reading aloud here it comes. You're a boy!
I try not to pre-expose my child to the hardships of the world until she has had a good chance to enjoy it. I'm not ready to talk to her about racism, I want her to continue to play.
She of course loves the conflict she finds in books and really keyed into the "rude" (her word) parents who told their son to go away.
Also at 4, children often begin to recognize the rules of society. She has recently begun to say she doesn't like men with long hair, women with short hair (ironically, I had short hair for most of her life).
So the recognition and challenge of a new societal rule thrilled her.
The second time we read it, she talked about how boys don't wear dresses. I told her some do. She asked if she were a boy could she wear dresses. I told her, of course, if she wanted to. She was quite pleased.
I would say this book, as a children's book, is good enough to grab attention and entertain and enjoy (we've read it a handful of times).
I did have a big problem with the brother's response.Read more ›
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While I love that this book uses proper pro noun usage for the transgender girl, I feed that there needs to be more of an explanation of why the pro nouns are used in that way -... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Val KD
A child is systematically mocked by each member of his family, only to find refuge with a random stranger.
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Amazing book. I'm in school getting my K-6 teaching certificate and I used this book in one of my lessons and everyone loved it.Published 8 months ago by liliana teixeira
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Author: Ewert, Marcus
Illustrator: Ray, Rex
(2008) Seven Stories Press-New York
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beautiful book, my kids love it. it was one of several we purchased to learn about different kinds of families, and has become a favorite.Published 10 months ago by TheBeedles
Very cute book about how not be judge for feeling a certain way. To show parents to accept a child's identity.Published 23 months ago by Mariella Keating