Official Review: I want to be a boy by Hope Sarna

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Official Review: I want to be a boy by Hope Sarna

Post by Christina Rose » 03 Sep 2018, 22:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I want to be a boy" by Hope Sarna.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Belle is a spirited young girl who seems to be in the midst of a big dilemma. You see, Belle does not enjoy the same things that she sees most other girls her age enjoying. She would much rather wear a pirate costume than a dress. She prefers dinosaurs to dolls, and she likes playing soccer a whole lot more than she likes fairies. Due to the societal beliefs of what is proper and what is not proper for little girls to wear and play with, Belle thinks she cannot possibly enjoy the things she does and still be a little girl. Therefore, Belle tells her mother one day that she wants to be a boy! Her mother’s reaction is both wise and accepting as she passes along some personal insight to her young, impressionable daughter.

I Want To Be A Boy is a captivating picture book in which many young children will likely relate. Inspired by her own young daughter named Belle, author Hope Sarna has written a story of honesty and acceptance for both children and caregivers. This simple tale holds an important moral for children just beginning to form their identities and personalities, and for those beginning to truly grasp their likes and dislikes.

The illustrations within this lovely story are very animated and eye-catching. The language used, as well as the way this story is worded, makes it appropriate for children of all ages. It is a quick and fun read, and should easily hold the attention of the child or children enjoying this lively tale.

Being honest about who you are, while also accepting others for who they truly are, are not gender specific ideals. Therefore, I think that both boys and girls should benefit from reading this book. I think this book could easily fit into classroom curriculum, or simply be enjoyed as an after school or bedtime story. I highly recommend teachers and caregivers look into sharing this story with the young child or children in their lives.

I rate the delightful tale, I Want To Be A Boy, 4 out of 4 stars. I love the way Hope Sarna approaches the issue of not quite fitting into the predetermined molds within our society. She keeps the story lighthearted and delightfully fun, while expertly tieing in the wonderful message and moral. This book is a great way to open a discussion about acceptance and understanding, whether in an academic setting or at home. I, personally, plan to read this book with my own two sons.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 04 Sep 2018, 06:49

This is a very smart way to tackle this complex issue. I think it would open horizons for the little ones, and help them understand and accept. Thank you for the wonderful review.

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Post by Christina Rose » 04 Sep 2018, 09:13

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
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This is a very smart way to tackle this complex issue. I think it would open horizons for the little ones, and help them understand and accept. Thank you for the wonderful review.
Thank you! Understanding and acceptance are definitely modeled in this book. I appreciate the feedback. :)

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Post by teacherjh » 04 Sep 2018, 11:40

Wow - what a sensitive approach to such a tough subject.

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Post by CLM1978 » 04 Sep 2018, 12:39

This book is talking about a transgender child opening up to her mother. This is a book I would like to read myself because it is something that is so confusing but interesting.

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Post by Alicia09 » 04 Sep 2018, 14:03

When I first saw the title, I immediately thought it was about a girl who wanted to become a boy. Now I see it is about a girl who has interests that do not fit a gender norm (so she may be considered to be a tomboy). I think there are a lot of girls who could relate to this, because there are a lot of girls who may like games, books, or activities that are typically preferred by boys. I just worry that the title may be too off putting or misleading for some schools to accept, because there is still a lot of debate about whether gender norms should be discussed with children at all.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 04 Sep 2018, 18:42

This was me until I reached puberty. I would like to read more.
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Post by Kgaelsdottir » 04 Sep 2018, 20:22

I welcomed this review; this seems like a truly worthy book, given the need for compassion now more than ever regarding differences, and being taught this early, I can see why the reviewer suggested the following:
Being honest about who you are, while also accepting others for who they truly are, are not gender specific ideals. Therefore, I think that both boys and girls should benefit from reading this book. I think this book could easily fit into classroom curriculum, or simply be enjoyed as an after school or bedtime story. I highly recommend teachers and caregivers look into sharing this story with the young child or children in their lives.
I'll have to read this, especially as I know a lot of friends who have young children, and the challenge to find media that support their desire to teach inclusiveness, as well as self-acceptance, might benefit from a book like this.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 04 Sep 2018, 23:25

Aww, that's so sweet. Unlike the past modern children are much wiser. Sometimes we may think they are just asking silly questions but they are very serious. I'm glad that the author focused on this topic. Thank you for your review!
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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:19

teacherjh wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 11:40
Wow - what a sensitive approach to such a tough subject.
It’s a fun read with a great message. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:22

CLM1978 wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 12:39
This book is talking about a transgender child opening up to her mother. This is a book I would like to read myself because it is something that is so confusing but interesting.
This is actually about a “tomboy,” but I can see where I may have been misleading in my review. It’s still a great message, and worth checking out. Thanks for your feedback!

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:28

Alicia09 wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 14:03
When I first saw the title, I immediately thought it was about a girl who wanted to become a boy. Now I see it is about a girl who has interests that do not fit a gender norm (so she may be considered to be a tomboy). I think there are a lot of girls who could relate to this, because there are a lot of girls who may like games, books, or activities that are typically preferred by boys. I just worry that the title may be too off putting or misleading for some schools to accept, because there is still a lot of debate about whether gender norms should be discussed with children at all.
I agree with you. When I first saw the title, those were my thoughts as well. Then I read the description, and realized my initial thoughts were wrong. While I don’t think the actual subject matter of this book is taboo, I do think the title will keep some adults from even considering the book for his or her child. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:29

ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 18:42
This was me until I reached puberty. I would like to read more.
Thank you! I hope you’ll check it out :)

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:33

Kgaelsdottir wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 20:22
I welcomed this review; this seems like a truly worthy book, given the need for compassion now more than ever regarding differences, and being taught this early, I can see why the reviewer suggested the following:
Being honest about who you are, while also accepting others for who they truly are, are not gender specific ideals. Therefore, I think that both boys and girls should benefit from reading this book. I think this book could easily fit into classroom curriculum, or simply be enjoyed as an after school or bedtime story. I highly recommend teachers and caregivers look into sharing this story with the young child or children in their lives.
I'll have to read this, especially as I know a lot of friends who have young children, and the challenge to find media that support their desire to teach inclusiveness, as well as self-acceptance, might benefit from a book like this.
Inclusiveness and self-acceptance are important ideas to teach our youth and each other. If we can find fun books to assist with that, it makes it that much easier. Thank you for your thoughts!

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Sep 2018, 00:35

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 23:25
Aww, that's so sweet. Unlike the past modern children are much wiser. Sometimes we may think they are just asking silly questions but they are very serious. I'm glad that the author focused on this topic. Thank you for your review!
You are so right! Children are very wise and intuitive. We just have to listen and give them credit. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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