Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Pink, Blue and You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Elise Gravel and Anne Schwartz Books/Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC for this review.
I was born in Montreal in 1977 and I started drawing not very long after I was born. In kindergarten I was popular because I was able to draw princesses with long spiral hair. Then, in high school, the girls would ask me to draw their ideal guy in their diary. I became very good at drawing muscles and hair, which I used later when I illustrated my book The Great Antonio . On the other hand, I am always just as bad when it comes time to use a diary correctly.
Later, I studied graphic design at Cegep and that’s when I understood that I wanted to do illustration. After my first book, the Catalog des Gaspilleurs , I wrote and illustrated about thirty others . One of my books, The Wrench , won the Governor General’s Award in the Illustration category, and since that time I have a big head and I brag all the time.
I live in Montreal with my two daughters, my husband, my cats and a few spiders. I am currently working on various projects in Quebec, English Canada and the United States. My books are translated into a dozen languages. I hope to live a long time so that I can still make lots and lots of books because I still have lots and lots of ideas.
About The Book
Title: Pink, Blue, and You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes
Author: Elise Gravel
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Publishing Date: March 8th, 2022
Page Length: 40
Genre: NonFiction Picture Book
Age Range: Children
Rating: 2 Educational 👍
Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone’s right to be their true selves.
Is it okay for boys to cry? Can girls be strong? Should girls and boys be given different toys to play with and different clothes to wear? Should we all feel free to love whoever we choose to love? In this incredibly kid-friendly and easy-to-grasp picture book, author-illustrator Elise Gravel and transgender collaborator Mykaell Blais raise these questions and others relating to gender roles, acceptance, and stereotyping.
With its simple language, colorful illustrations, engaging backmatter that showcases how appropriate male and female fashion has changed through history, and even a poster kids can hang on their wall, here is the ideal tool to help in conversations about a multi-layered and important topic.
Ok so I’ve never reviewed a picture book before and I wasn’t exactly sure how to rate it, hence the two educational thumbs up – because that’s exactly what this should be used for. What it should be use for is to introduce young children about the idea of gender stereotypes and that there are many different ways to identify. It very briefly introduces the idea of more than two genders and even then there are many different ways to be that gender. It does a great job at providing different examples of stereotypes and that it’s ok to not fit that exact stereotype – again all at an introductory stage. I think it’s a great way to have conversations with your child – whether that child is questioning themselves, has a classmate that is questioning, or purely to introduce the idea of gender. I loved that they included some fun facts that go against gender stereotypes today!
The art style is simple and bright. The colour pallette is also simple, having lots of colours but never being overwhelming. The characters represent many different genders, races, and abilities allowing every child to see themselves somewhere in this book.
If you have little ones in your life then I would highly recommend to include this in your library.
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