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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

10,000 Dresses

by Marcus Ewert

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10,000 dresses is a great book about a young boy who identifies as a female. Bailey dreams every night about different dresses. Every morning he wakes up and he tells his family that he wants them to make the dresses in his drew,. Every day his family refuses. They tell him that he is a boy and that he needs to act like it. This is a great story to help teach children about being themselves. This is a hard book to use in elementary schools. I think that this book should be used in a high school room. This is a wonderful book to help teach acceptance. ( )
  cross67 | Nov 19, 2015 |
This book addresses what it looks like to be transgender. It encourages love toward everybody and overall acceptance. It would be great to read to older kids who are beginning to experience the realities of gender discrimination to promote a loving and accepting environment in the classroom.
  emilyauer | Nov 17, 2015 |
Bailey is a young transgender girl. Bailey dreams every night of beautiful dresses. When she wakes up she asks her mother, father, and brother, to help her get a dress. Her family becomes angry and remind her that she is a boy and should not be thinking about dresses. Bailey becomes very discouraged. She meets a nice lady across the street who is more accepting of who she is. This older lady makes dresses. Bailey shares her dress ideas with her and together they create a dress made of mirrors.

This book hits on a major problem in our society. Many students are members of the LGBT community and it is important to include texts that they can relate to. Not only is it important for the students members of the LGBT community but other students as well. Through texts such as this, all students can see what the LGBT community looks like. This text will help teach acceptance and compassion.

Realistic Fiction
Reading Level: Primary Readers
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
I was honestly obsessed with this book, and with this book, I felt like this author was super sneaky with the pronouns that they were using for the main character. The author would start out by saying she, and then transitioned into he, and then ended with she for each incident. I feel as if this story would model to students that it is totally okay to be different, and to be comfortable with the pronouns that they would want others to call them. I also liked that in the end, she found someone who would accept her for her. I also like how the dress was made out of mirrors to show everyone to be comfortable with who they are, and that what they wear should reflect that. ( )
  kbarry9 | Apr 26, 2015 |
The story of Bailey, a transgender child, leaves a strong impact. It is often sad but hopeful in the end. Bailey, born a boy, identifies as a girl and is not accepted by her family. At the end of the story, she finds acceptance and an ally in a neighbor. Books such as this must be incorporated into elementary curriculum. They can help children learn to be accepting of others. This book also illustrates the importance of being an ally to the LGBT community, particularly to LGBT youth. ( )
  EliseMT | Feb 20, 2015 |
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Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.

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