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LEARNING HOW TO BE IN THIS WORLD

Sep 22, 2018 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

The adage to "be yourself" has long been a staple in children's lit, at least since 1959, when Dr. Seuss told readers, "There is no one alive who is youer than you!" Several recent books explore what it means specifically to be a boy and the shifting cultural norms that give children permission to be who they truly want to be. In Julian is a Mermaid (Jessica Love, Candlewick Press, 40 pages, $22.99), a young boy riding the bus with his abuela (Spanish for grandmother) becomes transfixed watching...