DESCRIPTION: A young boy preparing for a family portrait teaches his mother a timely lesson on the importance of clear and thoughtful communication.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Quanica McClendon shares a delightful personal story about a young boy’s journey to self- discovery. Gender identity is addressed in a sensitive and meaningful way through a series of events in preparation for a family portrait. A mother’s innocent reference to dress shoes and her son’s earnest response provide an opportunity for healthy dialogue on stereotypes and the words we use that send confusing messages. Nathaniel Quinn’s ingenious illustrations reflect strong family ties, loving relationships and a young child’s determination to be heard and understood. This special coming of age story will warm your heart and hopefully stimulate positive discussion on the power of our words.