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.
I want to be a boy
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