Mary Wears What She Wants
Inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who bucked the gender expectations of her time, this is a fresh, charming picture book about a young girl who decides to wear what she wants: pants!Once upon a time (but not too long ago), girls only wore dresses.And only boys wore pants.Until one day, a young girl named Mary had a bold idea: She would wear whatever she wanted. And she wanted to wear pants!Inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants, this fresh, charming picture book encourages readers to think for themselves while gently challenging gender and societal norms.

Mary Wears What She Wants Details

TitleMary Wears What She Wants
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062846792
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, History, Nonfiction

Mary Wears What She Wants Review

  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I love the woman this book is about. She is the definition of a feminist, and the fact that she stood her ground is amazing. Even more impressive, she graduated from medical school and became a surgeon, then still fought for women's rights to vote! She just may be my new idol.
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  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    2019 is already beginning with some pretty amazing picture book biographies. Mary Wears Want She Wants is one of them. Well written, entertaining and with some eye popping, creative and beautiful illustrations. I love it!
  • Annalisa
    January 1, 1970
    This book tells the story of Mary Edwards Walker, a woman who, aside from her various accomplishments, elected to wear pants at a time when it was unheard of and even illegal. I loved this book! I didn't feel like it was trying too hard to sell a message. I liked that the text was simple yet very honest. Though the book is based on a true historical figure, it has a bit of a fantastical feel. This is partly because of the graphic, striking illustrations that use bright pinks and drab blues. Part This book tells the story of Mary Edwards Walker, a woman who, aside from her various accomplishments, elected to wear pants at a time when it was unheard of and even illegal. I loved this book! I didn't feel like it was trying too hard to sell a message. I liked that the text was simple yet very honest. Though the book is based on a true historical figure, it has a bit of a fantastical feel. This is partly because of the graphic, striking illustrations that use bright pinks and drab blues. Partly, it's because today, pants can be worn by people of any gender without raising an eye, so it feels a bit outlandish to think that anyone would stop a girl from going to school for wearing pants. I like that when read today, it reads like she was harassed over something that's now a non-issue. This contrasts a lot of the more controversial picture books with gender equality motifs. I think that this is a great book for introducing social justice and feminist concepts to children.
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  • Briony
    January 1, 1970
    This is loosely based on Mary Edwards Walker. Walker was a trailblazer by wearing pants instead of dresses, attending medical school, volunteering as an army surgeon during the Civil War, and so much more. Mary Wears What She Wants is a standout in the field of picture books breaking gender stereotypes. While Mary breaks social protocol by wearing pants, she also experiences social backlash and doubts her decision. However, her decision ultimately paves the way for other girls in her class to we This is loosely based on Mary Edwards Walker. Walker was a trailblazer by wearing pants instead of dresses, attending medical school, volunteering as an army surgeon during the Civil War, and so much more. Mary Wears What She Wants is a standout in the field of picture books breaking gender stereotypes. While Mary breaks social protocol by wearing pants, she also experiences social backlash and doubts her decision. However, her decision ultimately paves the way for other girls in her class to wear pants (tiny bit of a stretch for the time period, but gives reader the idea of what eventually happens when people fight against social norms). Great book for standing true and proud for your beliefs.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Young Mary hates wearing dresses all of the time. It's so restricting! She can't bend over to pet her cat or play on the playground with the boys. One day she decides to wear pants to school. This causes such an uproar that Mary isn't sure she made the right choice. Her father helps her understand that she must do what's right for her. Thus, the pants-wearing continues!Fantastic picture book bio of Mary Edwards Walker!
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  • Brooklyn Cribdon (Kemp)
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fantastic non-fic picturebook!! The artwork is simple yet gorgeous and uses a lovely colour pallet. The story is fun, engaging, and inspiring, and I feel like it would start an awesome conversation if read in a group like storytime or a classroom. I also appreciate the back matter that shares the story of the real Mary ;)
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    This picture book is the true story of Mary Walker, who shocked the world by wearing... pants!?! Back in the mid-1800s, this was unheard of, and it made many people upset! That didn't stop her, though, and in doing so, helped defy the notion that all girls and women must wear dresses-- and reminds us all to wear what we feel comfortable in.
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  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    I wish there was a bit more of the back matter info incorporated into the actual story, as it seemed to lack a bit of depth - I wondered as I was reading if this was a fictional story or that of a real person. But I liked the idea of telling Mary Edwards Walker's story, though was surprised it was a male author telling it.
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    Loosely based on Mary Walker's life. Girl chooses to wear pants and wins her right to do so.
  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    The color illustrations are cheerful and funny. The story addresses gender identity based on clothing.Inspired by Mary Edward Walker
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    Would have liked a little more backmatter about the real Mary Negley. And I admit it's a little weird to me that the author is a man. BUT I think it's fun, it's timely, and the artwork is stunning.
  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure I like the illustrations,but is an interesting way to do them. The tone of them does mute the seriousness of the subject. A nice fiction biography
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A charming, uplifting story inspired by the life of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who bucked the gender expectations of her time.
  • Yevgenia Nayberg
    January 1, 1970
    I love Keith Negley’s work, everything he does is bound to be amazing!
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