“You’re a boy!” the kids exclaim. “You can’t play with a doll.”But Travis has lots of confidence and little regard for social norms. There are so many things to like in the world. Why should there be limits that keep him from enjoying those things? “I am who I am! There’s no boy or girl line. In sports or in dress-up, I’ll sparkle and shine.” Dresses and armor one day, ballet and basketball the next. Travis sets no limits on what he enjoys doing. But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, will Travis dull his shine or decide to truly dazzle? Complete with colorful illustrations and bold comebacks, this empowering story encourages kids of any gender to challenge the social norm and reveal their true selves. Dazzling Travis by Hannah Carmona Dias carries the key message of gender stereotypes and being different supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions. This book will perfectly round out your home or school library among other stories that focus on confidence and being who you are. Stories like the work of Alexandra Penfold (All Are Welcome) and Gabi Garcia (I Can Do Hard Things). This book comes alongside a free Reader’s Guide. Included in the guide are activities that go beyond the book, like the one encouraging children to write themselves notes of positive self-talk.
Details & Purchasing
- Release Date April 2019
- 32 pages • 9x11 • Ages 4 to 10
- Hardcover Picture Book, Picture Book
- ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9976085-6-4
- ISBN (picture book): 978-0-9976085-7-1
- Lexile Leveling: 510
- Fountas & Pinnell Level: M
In cheery rhymes, Dias introduces Travis, a boy who likes dressing as a knight as much as dancing ballet. Like Travis, his friends' personalities shine through their non-gendered clothing and the toys they choose. Dias offers little nuance in favor of a straightforward message about embracing individuality, defying stereotypes, and standing up against bullies.
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Inspired by the true story a boy struggling to fit in at school, the book’s rhymes and colorful illustrations, along with a handful of mini biographies of famous iconoclasts, encourage children to embrace uniqueness and diversity. Guided questions and tips for reading make this an excellent choice for classroom use.
This celebration of living one’s best life features the first-person voice of Travis, a boy with a lot of flair. The book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle.