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Love it! This story about unconditional friendship introduces ideas about unconventional gender in the most gentle and subtle way... from the little girl who builds robots and prefers to ditch the bows so her hair can run wild, to the little boy who invites her over for tea parties with his teddy bear... The idea that kids should feel free to just be themselves (and accept others just as they are) is so sweet and so important. Highly recommend!!
A family member recently came out as trans, so we bought this after reading reviews, hoping it could help in discussions with our 2 and 5 year olds.
We have dutifully read it a few times, but it's not a book they ask for. They find the story and teddy character unengaging - they are mainly interested in the robot at the tea party and wish it had more of a part to play!
For me, the bowtie/hair bow as outward symbol of Teddy's identity change was problematic and doesn't really make sense (if everyone should be able to dress how they feel comfortable whoever they are, why couldn't Teddy wear a hair bow before the revelation??), though I suppose it makes some kind of sense given the age of the intended audience, and the author does try to distance the story from the stereotype by having the girl character cast off her bow.
It's a sweet and heartfelt concept and the pictures are lovely, so 2 stars for that, but it didn't really speak to my kids as a story book or as a discussion tool.
A really sweet story to introduce young children to the idea of being transgender. I bought a copy for my 4 year old brother after I came out as transgender and he seemed to enjoy it. I might have some complaints about the story itself if it wasn't for the age range it was written for but it does a good job at what it set out to do and is appropriate for young children. Plus the illustrations are adorable.