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Desert Queen

By Oliver Scout Guerisoli, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stunning art, joyful bio of gender fluid Rajasthani dancer.

Desert Queen book cover: Dancer with brown skin and colorful clothing raises arms with audience looking on

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This lyrical telling of Harish Kumar's gender exploration is joyous without missing the complexity of community and place. In Desert Queen, the boy finds a passion for Rajasthani folk dance and its traditional female clothing by following what makes him feel "free". This story emphasizes that perhaps one of the greatest lessons queer communities can teach us is how to nurture what delights us and enriches life for everyone. It will resonate with those in search of themselves and particularly with gender non-conforming folks. The jewel-toned art emotes a freedom and flow to match the fluidity of the boy in dance and expression. The pictures are as delightful for the eyes, as the story is delightful for the heart.

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