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Jacob's New Dress Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0807563730
LANGUAGE:English

"This was just fabulous. It's a book about gender-nonconforming children, and the best part about it was how loving and supportive Jacob's mom and dad were. They loved Jacob for who he was and did not try to change him or tell him that he was bad or wrong for liking girl things so much. Even Jacob's school teacher was understanding. What a beautiful lesson to children and parents alike! My girls and I had a nice little discussion about the issue as we read and I'm so glad we happened upon this book in the library. " said.

"Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.

Note: This book is well written and is better than others that I've seen on the subject matter.

Subjects


Gender identity -- Juvenile fiction.


Sex role -- Juvenile fiction.


Dresses -- Juvenile fiction.


Clothing and dress -- Juvenile fiction
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" This is one of the first stories for young children I’ve read about gender non-conforming children, and it is easy to read, with clear explanations of different events and different experiences in the fictional Jacob’s life at school. It looks as if the children are in about primary-age. Jacob asks his mother if he can buy a dress and she puts him off. Perhaps the mother is trying to decide if it’s okay. Eventually, he asks her to help sew a dress, and they do. When he shows the dress to his dad, the father says, “it’s not what I would wear, but you look great.” What happens at the end, you’ll have to discover. There is a good author’s note at the end, talking about gender non-conforming children and the challenges they face. The illustrations are bright and colorful, pages full of a story that will be welcomed for its diversity." said.

"Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.

This is the first time I have personally seen a book that addresses the stereotypes of what a girl should do and wear and what a boy should do and wear. This is a wonderful story that shows that it's okay to be who you are and to be comfortable in your own skin. Jacob is a young boy who loves to wear dresses. His teacher and mother are both supportive and eventually his father is okay with it, knowing that at the end of the day he just wants his son to be happy. I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone. It has an amazing story about acceptance and love. The illustrations are wonderful and nicely done.
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" This book did a great job of illustrating what it's like being a kid who does not conform two society's norm. I liked how you got both the Mom's and Dad's perspectives on their son wearing a dress. they had different viewpoints but they both accepted their son no matter what. " said.

" My five-year old son loved this book, and he keeps repeating the line, "There are all sorts of ways to be a boy!" I particularly liked the parents in this book, who hesitate, probably out of a protective instinct, but ultimately support their son. And I loved this kid's confidence. " said.

" I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read! Jacob is strong in what he likes and feels comfortable with and even though his parents exhibit a little trepidation, they are supportive of their son and allow him to be himself. " said.

" Though this book will rub some people the wrong way, it's about acceptance. Children need unconditional love and to express themselves in ways are sometimes uncomfortable for others. I appreciate that one boy at school doesn't accept Jacob, because that's life! While teaching our children to express themselves, they need to know that not everyone be accepting of their differences. " said.

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