El rosa, el azul y tú

NubeOcho. (Egalité). Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9788419607263.
Gr 1-3–Posing the question, “Should we feel badly for doing what we like?” Gravel gives readers leave to ask whether or not the things, animals, and people they encounter should be labeled by gender. The early pages provide scenarios that could explain how the colors pink and blue got assigned to girls and boys, but then the book quickly highlights how children of all backgrounds might disagree with these adopted norms. Characteristically cheerful illustrations accentuate this discussion, helping young readers visualize a world where differences are respected and valued. Diverse characterizations of children emphasize that one’s identity is bigger than the words used to describe people or assigned at birth. A short explanation on how to use Spanish gendered pronouns is provided, and children are invited to explore these words. The final pages starkly address issues people face as they claim their place in the world. Individuals who have actively sought to make change in their communities are featured, such as Malala Yousafzai and Edward T. Lyon, the first male nurse in the United States army. Some historical notes tap into cultural trivia that underscore how different societies have embraced broader views on gender based on need and usefulness, instead of merely habit.
VERDICT Gravel’s effort to include all types of families and professions makes this an important read to break down how gender barriers divide people instead of bringing them together. Purchase where there’s a need for accessible, informational titles about gender in Spanish.

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