Jacob's New Dress

Jacob's New Dress

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807563731
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 157,084
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Sarah Hoffman has a son who loves pink and a girl who loves yellow. She has written on the topic of gender non-conforming children for Cookie, Salon, Babble, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco, California with her husband and children. www.sarahhoffmanwriter.com Ian Hoffman and his wife, Sarah, are parents of a son who loves pink and a girl who loves yellow. They live in San Francisco, California. Chris Case received BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the illustrator of Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Jacob's New Dress 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for parents interested in introducing their children to the idea that *all* people are worthy of love and respect. and in all clothes! The authors have taken a thoughtful and careful approach to issues that can become complex or contentious, and simplified a loving message for children. Also a great book for adults!  Buy one for your closest friend for a powerful message about love and acceptance!
CatsInSpace More than 1 year ago
The title of this book caught my attention when I saw it on the shelf at the library. I used to teach 2-3 year olds, and the boys in my class loved wearing dresses for make believe time. I’m not sure how their parents felt about it, but it’s all part of exploring their world. When I saw “Jacob’s New Dress,” I thought, Ooo, a picture book about boys who like to dress like girls! So I read the story and found a unique and relevant tale that takes a nurturing and non-judgmental look at a boy who likes to wear dresses. Jacob is a preschool boy who loves to play dress-up with his friends. Though he could dress up as anything, including the more traditional boy costumes of a dragon, firefighter, or cowboy, he chooses a “sparkly pink dress” and a crown. His classmate, Christopher, has a problem with this and asks Jacob, “Why do you always wear the girl clothes?”  Luckily for Jacob, he has an understanding teacher, Ms. Wilson, who steps in and says Jacob can use his imagination to dress up however he wants. When Jacob gets home, he talks to his mom and dad about wearing dresses. The next day Jacob creates a dress for himself out of a towel and belt, and his mother reluctantly lets him wear it to school. But Jacob gets teased again. When he tries to talk to his mom about it, he feels like he can’t breathe waiting to see what she will say. His mom tells him, “There are all sorts of ways to be a boy,” and then helps him make his own real dress to wear whenever he wants. Jacob’s New Dress tackles the issue of gender nonconformity in a realistic way. The authors don’t shy away from the fact that Jacob gets teased for his choices, but they surround him with adults who are able to keep an open mind and be supportive. The authors of the book have their own gender-nonconforming son, Sam, and their expertise in the subject matter shines through and feels real. Jacob’s New Dress shares an important story that many children could probably relate to, whether they dress up sometimes just for fun or every day. This book would be well-suited to being read in a classroom setting where the teacher could talk to the children about the issues raised in it.