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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
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Feb 27, 2012

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Read in February, 2012

I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did because it's not a common topic in literature for young children. I appreciate that Ewert does not try to wrap up a complicated topic with a big group hug at the end, yet he does give the young transgendered protagonist a supportive life line. The prose was good at times and a little cliche at others.

The artwork was not particularly appealing to me. Bailey's imagination via dreams is interesting and I'm sure s/he'd give fashion people something to think about. However, I found the dress made of mirrors alarming. Honestly, how are children (or anyone?!) going to make an actual dress out of old mirrors? In reaching for metaphor, Ewert distracted me with safety concerns.

Still, this is a worthy effort. It could provoke interesting conversations and provide some comfort.
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Nadia When I was reading about the mirrors in my head it was all shiny and wonderful and cristals everywhere in my head. If you're from Australia maybe yep you would think of health and safety given the nation's obsession with it. Sad :(

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