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10,000 Dresses

by Marcus Ewert

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Every single person needs to read "10,000 Dresses," both children and adults. For one, the message it teaches is nothing less than remarkable. It tells the story of Bailey, a transgender girl who dreams of 10,000 dresses. She searches for acceptance from her family, and all of them explain that she can't dream or want these dresses because she's a boy, and "boys don't wear dresses." She then makes a new friend who sews dresses, and she finds the love, excitement, and acceptance she's always looked for. Her friend tells her that she's the "coolest girl in the world." This lesson of love, acceptance, and understanding made me emotional. I think it's because the book doesn't have a typical happy ending where she finds acceptance from her family. This is extremely real and common for real transgender youth. It does have a different happy ending, though, and teaches hope to those who struggle with similar issues as Bailey. This lesson is that they will find people that love, support, and accept them for who they are and what they're interested in. This will happen with or without their family's acceptance. Second, I LOVED how the authors used the correct pronouns for Bailey throughout the book. Such a small gesture goes a long way in developing the simplest respect for transgender people. The illustrations were stunning as well as the language, as demonstrated in the proper use of pronouns and the honest conversations described when Bailey discusses her dreams with her family. Though child-appropriate, the way they're presented is still very honest and demonstrates the disapproval that real parents often show to their kids in these situations. It properly translates the realities and emotions of these situations for children to understand. Books like these should be given to kids at a young age to learn tolerance and understanding of all types of people. Kids like Bailey absolutely need books like these, especially in a society that still struggles to accept them. ( )
  scorco2 | Dec 6, 2015 |
10,000 dresses is about a boy who is identified as a female. Every night he dreams of different types of dresses. When he wakes up in the morning he asks his family for them. They immediately shut him down and tell him he can't wear dresses because he's a boy. This is another book that also shows that it is okay to be different not everyone is the same. The illustrations were very colorful. ( )
  klytle | Dec 3, 2015 |
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 |
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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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