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J.R. Ford

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After coming out to his family as transgender, a biracial (half Black, half White) boy thrives.

A young, brown-skinned child who presents as a girl has always felt like a boy inside and wants to be called Calvin. Admitting this openly is scary, but with loving parental support, the child begins to express his true self. He, his mother, and his father spend the summer at his grandparents’ house, a vacation that turns out to be “the best ever.” The family have fun visiting a comic-book convention and a waterpark where Calvin gets to wear trunks for the first time and makes a friend with whom he proudly shares his new name. Before school reopens, Calvin’s family helps him shop for boy clothing, and his grandfather cuts off his hair. Calvin worries his classmates won’t accept him, but his friends and teachers readily validate his gender expression, bolstering his confidence and joy. This transition story depicts a community cultivating an affirming environment in which a child can flourish. The first-person narration reveals Calvin’s inner fears, but his identity and transition never cause external conflict, a welcome departure from the problem-focused storylines of other coming-out picture books written by cisgender adults. However, the text emphasizes that Calvin’s gender is in his heart and brain, perpetuating a problematic narrative that divorces transgender people from their bodies. Harren’s warm, expressive illustrations communicate much of the emotion in the story and are populated with diverse background characters who have various body sizes, skin colors, hair textures, and disabilities. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A valuable model of intentional, compassionate response to gender expansive kids and their needs. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | 4 andra recensioner | Oct 5, 2023 |
 
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TaylorOnyx | 4 andra recensioner | Sep 21, 2023 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
 
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fernandie | 4 andra recensioner | Sep 14, 2022 |
Calvin has always known he's a boy, even though the world sees him as a girl.
Story was inspired by the author's own child.
 
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Lake_Oswego_UCC | 4 andra recensioner | Feb 21, 2022 |

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Verk
5
Medlemmar
98
Popularitet
#193,038
Betyg
4.0
Recensioner
5
ISBN
9
Språk
2

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