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Jacob's New Dress

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cheery book on dismantling gender norms helps kids, parents.

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This compassionate, encouraging story is helpful for both children and their parents. What seems so simple for a young child -- wearing what makes him feel good -- can seem much more complicated for people who care for him, as parents and co-authors Sarah and Ian Hoffman know well. They drew on their own experience to write Jacob's New Dress.

The story is told simply, enlivened by illustrator Chris Case's expressive characters and vibrant style. Jacob senses his parents' uncertainty but clearly feels supported -- parents will recognize their hesitation and resolve to stand by Jacob. The resolution may feel a little too easy for families of children who are targeted by bullies: It's a joy to see Jacob refuse to let his bully hamper his spirit, but for most victimized kids it isn't so easy. Still, this is an excellent book for starting a conversation with kids and for parents feeling their way through unfamiliar terrain.

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