Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

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Nick was born in a boy's body, but has always felt like a girl inside. Nick's family supports him when he says he no longer wants to be called a boy or dress like a boy; "Always remember to be who you are Nick. Remember that we love you, and we are so proud of you." (p. 17). Nick's parents find a group for families like theirs. With their support, Nick expresses a desire to be addressed as "she", and then to be named "Hope." Based on the author's experiences with her children.
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, c2010
ISBN: 9781452087252
1452087253
Branch Call Number: 306.768 CARR j
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Rumback, Ben

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beckylunatic
Jan 16, 2013

I'd say that this book is intended to be very simple and reassuring, but it's of limited general interest. For an actual trans child, with the amount of questioning in real life they'll have to cope with... seeing it mirrored in a storybook probably wouldn't be very helpful, or at least not for the age group this one is aimed at. For a more complex tale starring trans characters, see http://www.khaoskomix.com/, particularly Tom's and Charlie's stories (suitable for teen readers and older).

OranguTang Jan 02, 2013

This book is okay. I feel like it doesn’t touch any real issues… And perhaps it’s my ignorance of the subject matter but shouldn’t there be SOME questioning? If not by the child, then by his parents? The story seems pretty vanilla but I suppose it is a children’s book. It could just be helpful for a child to know that someone understands.

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