Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Patricia Toht
Illustrator: Lorian Tu-Dean
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
People will tell you to “dress like a girl,” but what do they mean? This book follows a group of girls through their playtime as they dress up and act out their imaginative play. The narrative and illustrations weave a scene of exploring careers. From being bakers to astronauts, police officers to jungle animals, the advice is to make sure your look is complete from head to toe. Express yourself as a unique individual.
The message that’s presented is that when girls are given the freedom to dream, they can do anything. This book is perfect for little girls. It opens their thoughts to exploring their world and truly dreaming. Phrases such as, “What you think determines which outfit’s okay” and “Express your true self, for there’s only one you” applies to all people and will help girls and boys alike to allow people to express themselves without putting them into boxes. The illustrations are inviting and truly essential to telling a complete and glorious message of individuality. After all, choosing what makes you complete and happy is a wonderful way to dress like a girl.