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My Princess Boy (A mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up.) Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: KD Talent LLC; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615395945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615395944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Rarely does such a controversial subject and memoir converge in a children's book. However with this issue, a children's book is the place to address it. As a Black gay man who was once bullied for being 'different' way back in the Jurassic, I feel so proud of Dyson's parents for supporting his natural creative development instead of attempting to stifle it, or force it into society's template of what all little boys should be.

With many black fathers still not understanding that not all little boys dream of firetrucks and footballs, not all little girls dream of Barbie dolls and easy bake ovens, Dyson could have so easily have been a sad statistic on the news about a child who couldn't take it anymore (or brutalized by an angry father trying to make him more manly). No, Dyson's spirit wasn't crushed. Instead, Dyson will never doubt his parents love and support for whatever it is he does with his life. And what more could any kid ask?

Dyson's future looks bright! The fact the 'My Princess Boy' exists means a brighter future for all little boys and girls who are unapologetically unique. I'm more proud of this mother and father than I can even express. This book is a precious little gem. It should be in every grade school across the country. ~

Taylor Siluwé
author of Dancing With The Devil
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Format: Hardcover
I am an elementary school counselor and so excited to have this book on my shelf.
I applaud author and mother Cheryl Kilodavis for writing such an important and beautiful book. Kids learn stereotypes at a very young age. When we put someone in a stereotypical role, out the door goes acceptance and understanding and in comes judgment and division.

My Princess Boy is an encouraging story that helps kids not take part in stereotyping behavior. One of the important parts of this book is when the put-downs and teasing happen. It's very hurtful. Right away students said, "That is not okay to bully him!"

The author writes:
If you see a Princess Boy...
Will you laugh at him?
Will you call him a name?
Will you play with him?
Will you like him for who he is?

WOW. Powerful. I didn't even have to create discussion questions. They are right there in the pages. I'm so thankful I am able to use literature like this to break down stereotypes. Lets connect kids now at a young age so they don't have to experience pain or hurt each other as they grow up. It doesn't matter if boys like pink, if girls play with trucks, or if boys want to play with dolls. All that matters is that we are loved, respected, and accepted for who we are inside and out.
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I myself have a transgender child so I am always on the lookout for books that reflect real children (as opposed to animals) who embrace and embody something other than social norms and are framed in a positive light. I wanted sooo much to love this book. I do not regret purchasing this book, if only to support the mom of another trans child who is so accepting of her child. I follow the author on Facebook and I support her intentions and message 150%, BUT...

I have to say there were a few things that I really had a problem with regarding this book. The first and most obvious one was that none of the characters in this book have faces illustrated. Not only that sort of creep me out, I really couldn't for the life of me understand WHY faces were not drawn onto the bodies. If that was lost on ME, I have to think that it is lost on the children who read it.

The other thing i had a problem with was that this book was clearly written by a mom who loves and adores and supports her kid. While that message is endearing and wonderful, again, I have to wonder whether kids would find it interesting at all to basically be reading a MOTHER'S story. It would have been so much more "relatable" to a child who is going through this if the book was written from the child's perspective. If I were a kid, I'd kind of be like "Who cares what you think, Mom? It means nothing to ME." Kids are still developmentally speaking living in their own experiences from their own perspectives. So in that regard, I think this book WILDLY missed the mark.

I have this book in my library, along with several others, which I have similar criticisms about. I would just love it if someone would write a book FROM A KID'S PERSPECTIVE (NOT a penguin's or a ducks, or a...) about what it's like to live outside the norms of society. Hm.. maybe that will be my next project!
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Format: Hardcover
I wish I could give this book more stars. The story and writing are excellent, and we need more books with strong narratives like this one. Unfortunately, I had to only give it two stars because of the illustrations. None of the people have faces, and the few children and teens with whom I shared this book found the pictures, "scary," "creepy," or "terrifying." They could not focus on the actual story because of how disturbing they found the illustrations.

In a picture book that is fundamentally about acceptance, validation, and normalizing the transgender experience for young children, it is so disappointing to have illustrations like this. These faceless pictures take away from the humanity of the characters and distort them into less-than-human looking entities. This is in stark contrast with the superb story itself. I wish there was a way for the author to republish her work with new illustrations that match the many strengths of the narrative.

I cannot use this book with my clients. Instead I'll use books such as Be Who You Are, by Jennifer Carr, and I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel.
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