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My Shadow Is Purple

by Scott Stuart

Series: My Shadow Is

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) My Dad has a shadow that's blue as a berry, and my Mom's is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There's only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it's both and it's none. A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself and moving beyond the gender binary, by best-selling children's book creator Scott Stuart.… (more)
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See also: Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood

In rhyming text, the narrator describes their particular dilemma: while girls have pink shadows and boys have blue ones, the narrator's shadow is purple. "Some of my friends think / I'm simply confused. / But the thing I love most / is not having to choose." At the school dance, there's a moment where the kid feels forced to choose - but another student bravely declares their shadow is yellow, and that sets the rest of the students free to declare their own unique colors. Clearly a metaphor for the gender binary, and effective on those merits; Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood makes a similar point more subtly. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 27, 2023 |
You find what is unique to you! Maybe this normal world is not meant for everyone. A take on the adventures that a young boy creates in order to make his life a little bit "purple".
  leilanig | Dec 2, 2022 |
I loved reading this book!!! the message was strong and supportive to understanding gender fluidity but still entertaining and cute,
  MichelleCota | Dec 1, 2022 |
Ik vind het een erg mooi boek. Ik vind het thema jezelf zijn erg belangrijk en wil voor de klas proberen zo min mogelijk stereotypisch zijn over 'jongens' en 'meiden' dingen. Ik vind dit boek een mooi begin om hier met kinderen ook echt over in gesprek te gaan. Een jongetje die roze en jurkjes leuk vindt, maar ook raceauto's en voetballen, daar hoor je eigenlijk nooit over. Kleuters die zijn ook nog lekker open-minded, dus ik denk hoe eerder je over dit soort dingen begint, hoe meer ze later andere blijven accepteren, die nu misschien nog als raar of anders bestempeld worden. (Ik heb het boek gewoon in het Nederlands gelezen)
  LynneIppel | Nov 3, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) My Dad has a shadow that's blue as a berry, and my Mom's is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There's only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it's both and it's none. A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself and moving beyond the gender binary, by best-selling children's book creator Scott Stuart.

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