HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: I’m Glad God Made Me a Girl
Author: Denise Shick
Illustrator: Yana Popova
Publisher: Independently published, 2020
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Shick, Denise. I’m Glad God Made Me a Girl (Independently published in 2020). Susie and Amy live next to each other, go to the same school, and play on the same soccer team. They play with each other every day. When at Susie’s house they have tea parties, and when at Amy’s house they go to her tree house pretending to be pirates. Then one day, Susie is surprised when Amy cuts her hair short and dresses like a boy because she thinks boys are braver, smarter, and stronger than girls. Susie feels sad. Can’t girls be brave, smart, and strong too? What should Susie do? How can her parents help her deal with the situation?
Recently, I reviewed a book entitled I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, the first and perhaps the most infamous of a plethora of such books recently mentioned by Wil and Meeke Addison on their American Family Radio program “Airing the Addisons,” which are aimed at young children, some as early as kindergarten or even pre-school, to promote “transgenderism” and homosexuality in general, or at least the acceptance of it by making it sound normal and creating sympathy for those who flaunt it. On that same radio show, the Addisons interviewed author Denise Shick who has written a series of children’s books to help young people understand the Biblical view of these subjects. The Left does not like books such as this. One critic wrote, “Please do not take the message of this book to heart. Transgender and Queer people that exist outside the gender binary many of us are accustomed to deserve information about why they feel the way they do and how to explore it, especially at a young age.”
However, there is no hatred or even condemnation in this amazing book filled with love and wisdom. With her parents’ guidance using Scripture, Susie learns to be glad that she’s a girl. I’m Glad God Made Me a Girl is intended to help young girls discover God’s design and purpose for them and also demonstrates the reasons some girls think becoming a boy is right for them, showing girls that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God and, that as females, they are not only beautiful and kind but also can be brave, smart, and strong. This book is a valuable tool for parents and counselors who seek to demonstrate love and compassion as they minister to children who struggle with gender confusion. All young girls should have this read to them at least once in today’s climate as it will help to raise their self-worth and also give answers for parents to help their daughters feel comfortable in the body which God gave them.