My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis and Suzanne DeSimone

“My princess boy is four years old. He likes pretty things. Pink is his favorite... read more

“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?” Cheryl 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. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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