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Dazzling Travis
2019
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Travis sets no limits to what he enjoys doing. Shopping and football, ballet and dress-up make Travis a one of a kind boy! But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, Travis truly dazzles. This empowering story encourages kids of any gender to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves.
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This celebration of living one's best life features the first-person voice of Travis, a boy of color with a lot of flair: Colorful denim / And glitter galore / Are some of my favorites / To play in, explore. / Dresses and armor: / Pink, black, or green. / I pretend I'm a knight, / A king or a queen. He likes ballet and basketball, shopping and building robots, and when kids on the playground bully him and his supportive group of friends, they stand up for themselves and change some minds. The pencil and digitally colored cartoon illustrations of the diverse group of kids are stronger than the well-intentioned but pedestrian rhymes, yet, overall, the book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle. It also includes short introductions to several trailblazers, like Coco Chanel and Langston Hughes, and questions to guide assisting grown-ups, including, Ask your child, ' What do you think it would be like if we were all the same?' --Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist
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