Synopsis: Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his strange choice. After all, boys don t carry purses. They point out that they, too, have things they like, but that doesn’t mean they go out in public wearing them. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination to carry a purse starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite, though unconventional, Hawaiian shirt to go to work; his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It s more important to be true to yourself. With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is ideal as a read-aloud or as a text for emerging readers. It can also be used as a starting point for a discussion about gender roles.”
My Review: I love this book. Charlie made a decision to take his red purse that his grandmother had given to him to school instead of wearing backpack. He loved his purse and was not worried what everyone else thought. His reasoning and confidence gave others he knew the confidence to do what they really wanted such as wear a Hawaiian shirt to school, or wear your glittery shoes. This story not only builds confidence to be who you really are, but also shines a light on gender stereotypes. In this story, Charlie’s parents let Charlie wear that purse with pride and do not try to protect him from what he may face along the way such as teasing and ridicule. Peer pressure could also be introduced to kids. Charlie does not give in to peer pressure. I love his responses when he is asked about why he is wearing the purse and why not using a backpack. A great book for kids that want to do things that don’t fit into boxes. This is a great story for all children, families, classrooms etc. It will definitely start discussions that can help children deal with several issues and situations. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.