Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?
Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself.
With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.
“Affirming of gender nonconformity.”
“Refreshing and enjoyable, full of colorful and eye-catching illustrations. There is a good amount of diversity to keep the book from falling into a stereotypically white construct like so many others that look to gender or sexuality.”
“A lovely, light-hearted tale about breaking from the norm.”
“A winner for families and schools being more inclusive about breaking gender norms.”
“With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story.”
“A wonderful story about self-expression.”
“Kudos to Charlie for his non-conformist ways. We could all take a lesson, and teach a lesson by sharing this book with our kids.”