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THE BOOK OF BOYS (FOR GIRLS) AND THE BOOK OF GIRLS (FOR BOYS)

Author: David T Greenberg

Illustrator: Joy Allen

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: With rhyming text, and using language a child would, the author mimics what is said on playgrounds and in school halls, as well as what is in the minds of girls and boys. This is a picture book whose theme is understanding the differences between genders.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 3.9

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: None provided by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: At first glance this book seems as non-politically correct as one can get. From blaming flatulence on members of the opposite sex to pointing towards their lack of hygiene, Greenberg gives voice to both sides of the story. In fact, it was with great hesitance that I finished reading the book to my daughter. I’m glad I did.

Pros: Given the contemporary climate of speech control and the like, broaching the subject of gender differences is a dangerous thing. David T. Greenberg does it with grace, humor, and a necessary amount of tongue and cheek.

Cons: The specific contrasts may make some parents and children squeamish.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow … and do a pre-screen reading. You need to decide for yourself if this is how you want to broach the topic of boys and girls in your home.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHEN I WAS LITTLE: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth   PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS   THE ONLY ONE CLUB

Educational Themes: Children will laugh, grin, and agree that boys and girls are different, but they can be cool, uproarious, glorious and wondrous, too.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, picture book, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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