What’s the right way to dress like a girl? In this timely picture book in the vein of Princesses Wear Pants, a slumber party full of girls enacts their own playful, empowering twists on several stuffy, old-timey rules of fashion.What does it mean to dress like a girl?Many will tell you in this big wide worldthat there are strict rules that must be addressed,rules you will need when looking your best.But when you are given these rules to obey,the secret is heeding them—in your own way.In these beautifully illustrated pages, a diverse cast of slumber-party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress. If a lady should wear white in summertime, then how about donning a space suit? If team colors are apropos at sporting events, why not wear the helmets and play ball?Empowering and resonant and with a variety of interests ranging from sports to science to politics, this gorgeous book is sure to inspire any young girl, instilling the idea that the best way to dress like a girl is the way that makes you feel most like YOU!
Dress Like a Girl Review
- January 1, 1970CarmenWhat does it mean to dress like a girl?Many will tell you in this big wide worldthat there are strict rules that must be addressed,rules you will need when looking your best.But when you are given these rules to obey,the secret is heeding them - in YOUR OWN WAY.So, I'm a feminist and this book is about telling girls that they can grow up to do what adults deem amazing jobs. It uses clothing to get this message across. On hot summer days the look is crisp white,on land or on sea or on a long flig What does it mean to dress like a girl?Many will tell you in this big wide worldthat there are strict rules that must be addressed,rules you will need when looking your best.But when you are given these rules to obey,the secret is heeding them - in YOUR OWN WAY.So, I'm a feminist and this book is about telling girls that they can grow up to do what adults deem amazing jobs. It uses clothing to get this message across. On hot summer days the look is crisp white,on land or on sea or on a long flight.White is a look you can manage with graceas you soar in a rocket ship through outer space!So, the girls are being told, allegedly, that you wear white in summer. I guess this is a thing. I can't tell you how little I care about clothes or fashion. SO LITTLE.But the book is saying - hey, wear white! Be an astronaut!When you're catching a play or a grand symphony,a black gown will drape down quite elegantly.A gown, long and flowing, DOES look quite grand - fitting when YOU'RE the one leading the band.People tell you to wear a black dress to the symphony. Wear a black conductor's gown. Be a conductor!Is this book for rich people? I can't imagine being told to wear white in summer or worry about attending opera or whatever. Just not my life. Higher SEC?To make a strong statementchoose bright, vivid hues.You can be brave dressed in reds or in blues.The girls are dressed as police officers and firefighters.The book goes on. It encourages girls to be jungle explorers - well, it doesn't exactly say this. It says "safari." It then says if girls like deep pockets (and who doesn't?) wear a lab coat and become a doctor. Be a marine biologist - although the book doesn't word it like this, it says "Explore the sea floor."Be a an arctic explorer. Play sports. Be a construction worker - this ones a bit of a stretch, as the poem reads:Pick a hat for your headand chic shoes for your feet.CONSTRUCT your best outfit - a look that's complete.What the fuck does that have to do with being a construction worker?Be a fashion designer. Or what about this?What YOU think determines which outfit's okay.Don't JUDGE your appearance by what others say.OK, so here they are telling girls to be a judge. Like in court. By talking about them judging outfits? I'm just like... you've lost me, book.TL;DR I'm a huge feminist and I appreciate what Toht is trying to do here. Unfortunately, it falls pretty flat for me. Mostly because I could give a fuck about clothes. A lot of little girls I know don't give a fuck about clothes, either. I know she's trying to somehow tie clothes and girls alleged fascination with clothes/fashion into some kind of call for action in letting the girls know about some great jobs they could do as grown-ups, but... it wasn't working for me. I guess if you have a very fashion-obsessed little girl this could work. IDK, I found it pretty boring.more
- January 1, 1970EffieIt's a worthwhile concept, but I wish there were more instances of gender-neutral clothing here. Unless the girl is actually in a costume representing some profession, more often than not she's wearing a dress, a ruffle, a bow, or something pink. I suppose that rather than heeding fashion rules - in your own way, I'd prefer to throw them away. I'm sure there are plenty of girls that will like this book, but my daughter, who often prefers to choose clothes from the boys department, probably would It's a worthwhile concept, but I wish there were more instances of gender-neutral clothing here. Unless the girl is actually in a costume representing some profession, more often than not she's wearing a dress, a ruffle, a bow, or something pink. I suppose that rather than heeding fashion rules - in your own way, I'd prefer to throw them away. I'm sure there are plenty of girls that will like this book, but my daughter, who often prefers to choose clothes from the boys department, probably would not.more
- January 1, 1970Katey HowesDress Like a Girl is a fabulous ode to dress-up - with a twist. Illustrations and text reinforce the idea that girls can have fun dressing in everything from judge's robes to spacesuits, looking brave in red firefighter uniforms, or sporting a trendy pattern on safari. The young girls depicted defy expectations - and look confident and happy doing it - and the catchy rhyming text demands to be read over and over again. Sure to become a favorite!more
- January 1, 1970Chana StiefelWhat does it mean to “Dress Like a Girl”? In this lovely new book by Patricia Toht (illustrated by Lorian Tu-Dean), dressing up means following your passion, your creativity, and your heart. Framed by a joyful sleepover party, the girls in this book dress up like an astronaut, doctor, firefighter, construction worker, diver and more! Young readers will feel inspired and empowered as Toht writes, “Make your own rules in this big wide world, Set your sights high...and dress like a girl!”more
- January 1, 1970Andria RosenbaumWritten in fun, clever rhyme, DRESS LIKE A GIRL is much more than a guide of what to wear. With illustrations powered by imagination, this book puts all girls in the driver's seat. It removes limits and urges them to be what ever they choose. It reminds them that no one's opinion carries more weight than their own. Empowering, upbeat and a must read for girls everywhere.more
- January 1, 1970BrionyA very useful and relevant book for today. I enjoyed how girls are represented in a variety of jobs as they role-play with one another. The illustrations are very lovely with multiple races and ethnicities represented. I think the text could be a bit clunky at times. This would pair well with Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty.more
- January 1, 1970Jillian HeiseI get what it's going for in being your own person and not worrying what others say, but not sure it's completely successful. It still felt very stereotypically "girl" genderized in the illustrations and some of the wording. And some of the professions seem a bit of a stretch to try to make a rhyme that feels forced.more
- January 1, 1970GretchenIn this light-hearted and inspiring rhyming picture book, young fashionistas will enjoy pouring over the pages finding girls like themselves and activities and occupations they might want to explore. Dress Like a Girl urges each girl to "express your true self, for there's only one you." A fun and empowering book to share with a friend or a group of friends, sure to encourage creative play.more
- January 1, 1970ArielI can see this being a big hit with parents and teachers wanting to stress the importance to girls of having fun whether dressing up as someone else, or being yourself. I hope it's read to boys too, as the message transcends genders. It's a positive, welcoming concept with very fun illustrations that will no doubt inspire some great dress up playdates!more
- January 1, 1970Eileen MeyerLively illustrations and fabulous rhyming text showcase fashionable girls dreaming of bright futures! This book is a winner for the young ladies in your life! From astronauts, to doctors, police officers and sports stars - the sky is the limit for young girls and their dreams.more
- January 1, 1970Gina PerryA lively and sweet read aloud about having fun with friends, trying on different hats and roles, and supporting each other. A great book to communicate that girls can do anything, but never once feeling preachy while getting the message across.
- January 1, 1970Jodi McKayA wonderfully poignant book about self-expression as all of the little girls in the books dress in ways that show their individuality. Perfect for all kids in that it delivers a message of being true to who you are rather than assuming an expected role.more
- January 1, 1970Emma (Miss Print)I'll be honest, it's not the best rhyming text I've ever read but I really like the concept and the artwork.
- January 1, 1970AndrewA wonderful addition to any collection, Dress Like a Girl encourages and celebrates the individuality and style of every girl, no matter what they wear, and what their dreams are. No matter what, if you identify as a girl, you are dressing like one, too!more
- January 1, 1970SamGirl power, rah, rah!Moral: dress however you want.
- January 1, 1970Melissa NeuferLove, love, LOVE this book! Breaking stereotypes for girls and just showing we dress how we dress, doesn't matter what our gender is. LOVE IT!
- January 1, 1970BethThe message of this book feels a bit generic and like its pandering. It was just okay.
- January 1, 1970Great BooksThis light-hearted, inspiring picture book shows that through dressing up and creative play, young ladies can be anything they want to be.Reviewer 5
- January 1, 1970Michelle SchaubThis empowering book shakes up the rules for what it means to dress and behave like a girl. Patricia Toht's lively rhymes pair perfectly with Lorian Tu-Dean's bright illustrations for an upbeat, inspiring message for girls of all ages.
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