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My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis
Illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2011
36 pages
ISBN: 9781442429888

Ages 3-7

"My princess boy is four years old. He likes pretty things. Pink is his favorite color." A quietly pointed and affirming text in a mother’s voice describes a little boy who loves wearing dresses and playing princess. The acceptance of the little boy’s family—his mom, dad, and older brother--is not always matched by the acceptance of children and adults around him. “But a princess boy can wear a dress at his school and I will not laugh at him . . . Will you laugh at him? Will you call him a name? Will you play with him? Will you like him for who he is?” Chery Kilodavis’s story was inspired by one of her own children. Suzanne DeSimone’s fanciful illustrations about a brown-skinned boy lack realism but capture the boy’s joy and pleasure in being himself.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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