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Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. The world is a brighter place when we accept everyone for who they are.
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Overview

Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. The world is a brighter place when we accept everyone for who they are.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Kilodavis introduces the difficult themes of bullying and being different, based on the experiences of her four-year-old son. The book tells of a boy who "plays dress up in girly dresses" and is laughed at when he wears them to school but has the support of his family. It is tenderly written and simple enough to be understood by young children. Readers learn about the child's experiences, good and bad. At the end, powerful questions are directed to them for thought and discussion: "If you see a Princess Boy….Will you call him a name? …Will you like him for who he is?" DeSimone's illustrations are colorful, bright, and positive. Children may ask why the people depicted have no faces, which may spark discussions about how we are all the same. This is a book about unconditional love, social acceptance, and a strong family. It is also a call for diversity, tolerance, and an end to bullying and judgments. It will be well placed in elementary school counseling offices as well as in school and public libraries.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
From the Publisher
"This is a book about unconditional love, social acceptance, and a strong family. It is also a call for diversity, tolerance, and an end to bullying and judgments. It will be well placed in elementary school counseling offices as well as in school and public libraries."–Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL

- SLJ June 2011

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The Princess Boy likes to wear pink dresses and dance like a ballerina. He loves to twirl and wear a tiara even when he climbs a tree. When he goes shopping he chooses the most sparkly clothes and little girl jewelry. For Halloween he was a princess and at his birthday party he greeted everyone by announcing "I am a Princess Boy!" and waved his wand. His mom and dad love him just the way he is and his "cool" older brother celebrates his uniqueness. His mother, the narrator, asks the reader not to laugh and call him names but to accept him for who he is. With courage and honesty, the author addresses a societal taboo—transgender identity. The story is based on her own, now five-year-old son, who still calls himself Princess Boy. His mother asks for acceptance without judgment and support for all children no matter how they wish to look. The warm watercolors with their emphasis on pink clearly show a happy and well adjusted child. Each of the characters remains faceless, allowing families to cast themselves in the various roles. This is a powerful book written by a mother who has moved from confusion and heartbreak to acceptance of her boy for who he is. It is still a very difficult concept for very young children to understand and this book should only be used with adult guidance. It can be useful to open dialog where a transgender child may be a part of a neighborhood or classroom. Elementary school guidance counselors and psychologists will find this a welcome addition to their professional collections, but not a book for general collections. Although this family is truly accepting of their child, one wonders if the attention this book has garnered as well as the media spotlight on the mother and son as they make the round of the talk shows will not open the boy to ridicule as he navigates his way through school. One also senses that this kind of attention may just be an exploitation of a very innocent child who at this tender age needs his privacy protected. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442430631
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 487,563
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Cheryl Kilodavis
Cheryl Kilodavis is a native Seattle ite of mixed African American and Caucasian heritage. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of the Pacific and Executive Leadership MBA from Seattle University. She is an author, a strategic marketer and social entrepreneur whose passions include learning from experiences, creating interesting discussions, addressing large scale issues for the next generation, reading for lifelong learning, and building long term relationships with people from all walks of life. The daughter of Willie and Christine, wife of her high school sweetheart, Dean, and mother of two wonderful sons, Dkobe and Dyson, Cheryl’s primary joy in life lies in spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

Illustrator bio: Suzanne DeSimone has many years of design, brand, and artistic illustration experience. She is an exceptional artist who has a keen abilty to balance great design solutions within any environment. As a Creative Director, Suzanne translates artistic vision into abstract art displays. She also creates and builds new brands. Suzanne has a BA in Graphic Design from Western Washington University, and lives in Seattle with her husband John Paul, and three children, Alexandra, Joshua and Dario.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    WONDERFUL BOOK

    I have a princess boy of my own... Reading this book was like reading a story written about our family. It helped my son see that there are other boys just like him and he is not alone. This is a wonderful story about acceptance, love and the struggles that some "princess boys" and their families face.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Brilliant, Touching and Heartwarming!

    What a great example of compassion and tolerance! Bravo!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Perfect for parents that want to raise open- minded, progressive, conscious children

    This book is perfect for parents that want to do best for their children. I recommend this to any parent, grandparent, aunt, brother, sister, uncle that wants to expose their children to difference being ok and acceptable.

    Beautiful story. I feel bad for the people that disagreed with this book. Living in your ignorance is so detrimental to progress and transgender, gender variant, gender neutral, or non gender classified individuals.

    Peace

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    oh how great to relate

    My son at last can realize that other boys love glitter and sparkles and pink flip flops. have also worn dresses and played dolls. we love our young boy just the way he is. it often makes me sad that people in this world believe that we encouraged our son to like these things. its just the opposite we have to be supportive in whatever he loves likes and encourage him to be who he is.when my son first went to preschool he had the normal question of what would you like to be when you grow up. His response was of course a princess.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    thanks

    Thank you for sharing this book with the world. Closed minded individuals that do not like the book should not buy the book. Plain and simple. Other families appreciate the book. How dare you tell anyone not to read it. People don't tell you to stop reading your style of books, get over your superiority complex and re-read the first amendment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Really???

    NO ONE SAID YOU HAD TO READ IT.. WE ARE STILL A FREE COUNTRY AS FAR AS I KNOW and that is why you are entitled to your opinion and I am to mine. Sometimes our opinions are not needed. I am sure you do not like it when someone criticies the things you feel strongly about. Tolerance is what you need and that is the whole point of the book. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE DONE UNTO YOU. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT JUST DONT READ IT... SERIOUSLY.....

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    My kids loved it!

    If you're interested in teaching your children acceptance, this book has it covered. Both of my kids loved it. As far as they're concerned, if a boy wants to wear a dress and be a princess, it's okay by them. The only thing that my 5 year old didn't like was that there are no faces. That really seemed to bother her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Incredible

    The illustrations are incredible. The whole concept of not giving the child a face so that other families and children could identify them to be someone they know, or themselves is beautiful.

    To the readers who feel this is offensive and wonder "what is this world coming to?": I'll try to explain in a few simple words. If you didn't understand the obvious theme of a children's book suited for 4 and 5 year olds, I fear you won't understand my explanation.
    Our world is a progressive one growing more and more accepting of everyone's uniqueness, religion isn't a suitable guideline for the lives of everyone so i don't even understand why anyone would even bring up God (he loves all his children, right?). This book is to help children understand that it is okay to be themselves and to accept people who are different from them. This book is to help prevent children from being bullied and criticized. Wearing a dress isn't a crime, a child growing up with depression, and later on committing suicide for being different and rejected is the real crime. Smile don't glare, you could be saving a life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Eye-appealing illustrations, easily-understood story line

    This is written for comprehension levels at 4 and 5 years of age, although the message within the book is one in which young children of other ages might benefit. My four year old grandson asked me to read it to him three successive times and each time his young eyes were glued to the illustrations and seemed to pay careful attention to how they followed the message being given on each page. My grandson's dad read it, first, and admitted to the text bringing tears to his eyes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    How dare you!

    I have not and will not read or purchase this horrible, horrible trash! How dare you put it in the section for children to be able to pick out and read! This is not ok. I don't see any children's books about God for them to choose. Just awful!

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Revolutional

    The concept of the book alone is a reason to pick this book up and give it a try. My three-year-old niece picked this book up (whenever I have her for a weekend, we go to the bookstore and pick out new books to read before bed) and adored it. She's not gender-dysmorphic herself but she declared she wanted to know princess boy because all the boys at her preschool were dirty, smelly, and mean. I believe any book that teaches acceptance and shows a chid that its better to love an that differences don't matter, and helps children to love themselves is wonderful and belongs in every home. Too many children are taught to hate themselves, and each other, because they are different, or because of God. I'm sure that God does not want children, or anyone, to hate. Jesus spread the word of love, and this book just furthers his message.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    This is disguesting

    I would never let my son wear a dress. That is not right. What is this world coming to today! Think of your sons! People this book is just a way to brain wash you and your sons. Is it okay for 14 year old boys to run around in dresses! NO! I cant stress how bad this book really is...

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    This Book Will Not Load

    I have tried every thing suggested in just about every post I've read on similar problems and also Barnes and Noble customer service suggestions with absolutely no success!
    My pretty new Nook Color device seems to open everything else but not this book. I don't get it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    On Dr. Phil

    This book was on Dr. Phil and he said it had a good lesson for adults and children alike. I have never read it but being different is good! ( In my opinion) So I just wanted to tell you what he said about the book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Tolerance & Acceptance

    I'm far from being God, the only job he's given me is to cherish the good on earth & who am i to judge someone because of who they love... chances are, they have a heart of gold but were never given a chance. I don't share that particular lifestyle, but i appreciate that they have the courage to be HAPPY WITH WHO THEY ARE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Progressive and forward thinking I can appreciate!

    I'll be honest, with its always the religious loudmouths that seem to be so uptight. Wha Ive als noticed is that noone is forcing you to purchase the book. Get over yourselves, while scrolling through childrens picture books I came across several books about Jesus and thats great....know that it didnt have five stars.....so go worry about that if youre searching for somethin to do with your time. Please remember it'll probably be a gay guy that decorates your home, becomes the shoulder you lean on whe your husband leaves you or joins you on shopping trips. Have blessed day people, go buy blinders......the world is movig onward whether you like it or not. Be good to yourself and others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    always the religious zealots!!!

    if u dont like it, dont buy it! what the world is coming to? tolerance and acceptance. so religious but always the first to attack and judge. your right is to not buy it if u dont agree but for heavens sake, stop with the religious rantings. that only teaches ur children to be judgmental, nosey bullies that the rest of us have to deal with. religion is supposed to be about loving all Gods children not just the ones u deem appropriate!!! its hypocritical to claim ur religious and then be so aggressive in ur hate!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    awesomly kool

    this is an inspiring book that lets boys speak their mind while wearing or playing with 'girl' toys

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Serious?

    I cringe at the thought that parents are actually reading this type of stuff to kids. Since when does one family's serious dysfunction make for great children's literature.... I am aghast!

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Don't hate, appreciate!

    I give a HURRAH to all the princess boys! It's wonderful to be different!

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