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Pink Is for Boys Kindle Edition
|Age Level: 4 - 8||Grade Level: P - 1|
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About the Author
Eda Kaban has illustrated many popular books for children, including Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten, Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, and Robb Pearlman's Pink Is For Boys. Born and raised in Turkey, Eda now lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, small son, and two Siamese cats. --This text refers to the board_book edition.
"The message doesn't just drive but serves as the whole vehicle for this manifesto against linking gender with particular colors. As a component in a gender-centric storytime, this has a role."―Booklist --This text refers to the board_book edition.
- File Size : 63744 KB
- Print Length : 40 pages
- Publisher : Running Press Kids (June 5, 2018)
- Publication Date : June 5, 2018
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B0763KGMXY
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #409,398 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I bought this as a mother of 2 boys, a 2 year old and 5 year old, the latter of which currently beginning to stereotype with his pre-k peers. I try to teach him stereo types are dangerous, anything is open to any gender and that is where this book let me down to the point where I feel reading it to him would do more harm than good. Pink is for boys and girls it says, but then it says it’s for bows and fancy things which is exactly what my dirt loving boy thinks pink is for and why he shouldn’t like it. Blue , it says, is for girls and boys, but for baseball teams . Which, again , is why my son likes blue. Purple is for girls and boys, and for unicorns. While I wish my 5 year old son had a passion for unicorns, he does not as he sees them as a girly thing, I wish that these colors could have been assigned more unisex descriptions / and or the these things were given more unisex colors .
No. Just no. The premise of the idea: that every color is suitable for every person, is wonderful! Yes! This is exactly what we want to be teaching from the earliest age possible. Colors are, in fact, genderless. However (and I mean however in the strongest possible form of BUT), one actually has to carry through on a plan.
The book merely recites over and over that color X (or y or z) is suitable for one gender and the other (assuming of course that there are only two genders). It gives limited, brief, examples (in the illustrations) of how boys and girls can “wear” the color in different (and the same) situations.
Repeating the statement over and over, however, does little to reach a child. It’s certainly not the way to undo years of societal programming. For starters, the book does nothing to address why colors are genderless other than repeat the mantra over and over again. And, it provides no added value for the lesson it is trying to teach.
Now, maybe I’m asking too much of a children’s book. But, the book is not free. Finding no compelling story and its lack of value as a resource, I cannot justify its purchase. And that’s, why there is no room on my bookshelf.
My the time my 8 year old students get to me, they are already ingrained with so many stereotypes and assumptions. This book is amazing. It states a crucial message, simply and clear.
My son, who is almost 7, loves this book. I think it is a safe haven for him. As a kid who cares about his rep, I believe it to be a sanctuary.
My only negative of this book is that it continues the oppression of trans/gender-fluid folks by clearly stating boys and girls, repeatedly.