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Dress Like a Girl
Title: Dress Like A Girl
Author: Patricia Toht
Illustrator: Lorian Tu-Dean
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication year: 2019
Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“In these beautifully illustrated pages, a diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress. If a lady should wear white in summertime, then how about donning a spacesuit? If team colors are apropos at sporting events, why not wear helmets and play ball? Uplifting and resonant, and with a variety of interests ranging from sports to science to politics, this book is sure to inspire any young girl, instilling the idea that the best way to dress like a girl is the way that makes you feel most like YOU!”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I am not sure that this could be used for any particular curriculum but I do think it would be an important picture book for young girls. So many girls grow into self-conscious adolescents with low self-esteem because they have always been pegged into boxes of what girls and women should be and have never been told that they can do whatever, look however, and be whatever they want. I think reading this book to young girls especially would go a long way to increasing self-esteem and positive self-image.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Toht’s text is full of rhythm and rhyme that is only enhanced by Tu-Dean’s childlike illustrations. I feel like Tu-Dean really took Toht’s text creatively. I think my favorite illustrations were of one of the young girls in a spacesuit, and a one of the young girls in a judge’s robe.