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Jacob's New Dress Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0807563730
LANGUAGE:English

" This one is pretty good. I love the idea, of course, and I think it's a wonderful thing to reiterate that there are lots of different ways to be a boy or a girl (or neither, for that matter, though non-binary possibilities aren't brought up). My preference, of course, would be for stories where gender-nonconforming children are normalized, but I suspect we have a ways to go before we reach that point. As it is, I can see this being a useful book on the way there. " said.

" This is a wonderful children's book about diversity & acceptance. A great tool for those that may need encouragement to be themselves or to simply teach about how it's OK to be different. Children and adults alike will fall in love with this gem."There are lots of different ways to be a boy." - A wonderful message!I've not only purchased a personal copy, but one for each of my kids' schools. Definitely recommending the local libraries to carry it. " said.

"I loved this gender-queer picture book! It's perfect for non-conforming kids who need affirmation, but it's great for any preschool to understand that there are people who are different than you and that's okay. Jacob just wants to know that wearing a dress is acceptable. His parents do the right thing and love him just as he is. Jacob and his mom make a beautiful new dress for him to wear to school. There will always be jerks and bullies on the playground, but don't listen to them. The moral of this story is said by Mom "There are all sorts of ways to be a boy." (Or girl)" said.

"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 is a very user-friendly book dealing with what could be an awkward "hard-to-breathe" subject. Instead the accessible illustrations, the realistic family and school interactions, the matter-of-fact approach to a child's non-threatening play and dress choices all allow for open and matter-of-fact discussions among children and adults. The book doesn't advocate for anything more than tolerance, and it does that quite well. No magic answers, even when Jacob feels the "magic" of his dress to stand up to a bully, he is actually just channeling the strength of the adult acceptance he's experienced.
The way in which the emotions of Jacob and his parents is described and visualized are equally appropriate. The back matter clarifies the "gender non-conforming" category, especially for young children. I particularly enjoyed the "pink boy" descriptor as a parallel to the "Tomboy" label used for boy-choice-preferring girls.

There is much to celebrate in Jacob's personality, including his eventual self-advocacy, his imagination and creativity, and his actual skills- from language to sewing, to design.
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