- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3862 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (31 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EO8G8N6
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 56 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship Kindle Edition
|Length: 32 pages||Language: English||Age Level: 3 - 6|
|Grade Level: P - 1|
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"Walton gently explains Tilly's gender, which is a small ripple in the lives of children at play, and subtly pokes at gender roles with Errol's tea parties and Ava's robot building. MacPherson's illustrations are sweet, with a sketchy, contemporary style. . . . This book beautifully changes the narrative of gender and gender roles, but fair warning--the hug scene might bring a tear or two." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"The book's spirit of easygoing openness makes it a worthwhile resource. Debut artist MacPherson's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are striking for their emotional immediacy and compositional polish, and he effortlessly moves from the poignancy of the opening pages to breezy good times." - Publishers Weekly
"Walton's matter-of-fact exploration of gender doesn't get into any particulars, focusing instead on the importance of friendship and respect. The final pages, during which Tilly and Errol do exactly the same things they did before, reassure kiddos that changing gender won't change who a person (or bear) fundamentally is ideal for the target audience. A useful resource for adults broaching conversations about transgender issues with little ones." - Booklist--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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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.
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.