Having had what you might call a “pink boy” when he was small (i.e. long hair, love of fairies, disinterest in vehicles and at times the penchant to wear a dress), I wish that Jacob’s New Dress had graced my bookshelf all those years ago.
The authors, Ian and Sarah Hoffman, hadn’t written it yet, though.
At heart, Jacob’s New Dress is less a “boys can wear dress” book than a “be proud of who you are” book. What’s heartening is not the sartorial style nor the fact that Jacob really does not question his choices, it’s that the important people in Jacob’s life—his friends, his teacher, and his parents—rally around him, Jacob and who he is.
Jacob’s parents don’t get there instantly. Not to spoiler the plot, you can’t help but smile when his mom comes through:
“There are all kinds of ways to be a boy,” she said. “Right?”
The plot turns us gently—and a little bit not so gently—here and the illustrations by Chris Case soften the story, with a humorous touch.
Here’s a book preschools need to have.
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Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine and Salon the Huffington Post, Babble and Ceramics Monthly. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. A writer for Preview Massachusetts Magazine, she keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows at the publication’s news site, the Valley Advocate and a tumblr Refractions. She is a sometime contributor to Momfilter. Follow her on twitter–@standshadows or Pinterest.