A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The kids' grandmother is called "Abuelita" (grandma in Spanish). Kids and adults are shown reading and going to the library.
Love, acceptance, and family are a lot more important than stereotypes. Having the freedom to be yourself is important.
Positive Role Models
Casey and Jessie's parents and grandmother are encouraging and drama-free in supporting their kids and giving them a strong, loving foundation, whether or not the kids behave stereotypically. Big sister Jessie has a lot to think about and puts that good foundation to use.
Older kids tell Casey he looks "weird," and Jessie says he looks "silly."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sparkle Boy, by Lesléa Newman (Heather Has Two Mommies), features a 3-year-old boy who loves all the glittery stuff his older sister loves, and causes a stir when he goes out in his "girly" finery. Stereotypes and peer pressure prove to be no match for love, family, and acceptance in this warm tale.
Is It Any Good?
Skillfully avoiding drama, hysteria, and preachiness, Lesléa Newman delivers a sweet, level-headed story steeped in love and family values about a 3-year-old boy obsessed with all things glittery. Peer pressure, gender stereotypes, and a lot of relatable sibling dynamics all play a role here. Supportive adults really shine, but kids, especially big sis Jessie, have to think for themselves and make their own choices. Illustrator Maria Mola brings the characters to life with lots of color, and facial expressions that add a lot to the story.
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