My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis is a children’s picture book written by a mom who has a pink boy. The author was inspired by her son who loves the color pink, dresses, tiara’s and sparkly things. This picture book also explains her own struggles to understand her son and appreciate his difference. This was also a great book about unconditional love and a great family that goes towards the Princess Boy's happiness. My Princess Boy also discusses things like tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. It describes how the world is a brighter place if we only accept everyone for who they are.
Reading this book and having prior knowledge from class discussions and readings about gender, I was really motivated to introduce this book to my group of second graders. I wanted to carry out this picture book and receive their reactions from this author’s perspective about her son. I was also motivated to do an art project that consisted of making their own little character out of paper and decorative materials. During this project I was going more towards their reaction of a before and after response. While reading this story I got complete silence and stares by simply reading the title. They were extremely puzzled and confused by the title but no one seemed to say anything about their confusion. While continuing onto the next few pages they couldn’t stop giggling at the things that the Princess Boy liked to do. After the first three pages one of the students couldn’t help but to just ask why? I asked my own questions which was why not or why are you guys giggling? Their answer was very simple as to boys do not do that. This was the response these kids gave and how they wouldn’t want to be the Princess Boy’s friend because then everyone else wouldn’t want to be their friend either. These second graders had a main concern during the first half of the story. Yet, that immediately started to change towards the end because they immediately saw the emotional side to the Princess Boy’s story. These students grew more concerned towards the Princess Boy’s feelings rather than the physical difference. This is what made them change their mind because they actually received an emotional side to the story.
Creating the art project at the end of the book was just amazing to see the different results. They all accomplished to make their own character with a little twist of their own. They all felt great to create characters made as friends and have a goal to accept one another’s difference. They were also reflecting on some judgmental situations that grow with the concept of respecting one another for a better environment. Overall, we managed to grow our classroom for a better character to respect one another for who we are. You guys may press the link below to see our version of the story of Our Day with the Princess Boy! Enjoy!