HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Boy Who Liked Tea Parties
Author: Denise Shick
Illustrator: Yana Popova
Publisher: Denise Shick, 2021
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 6-8
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. The Boy Who Liked Tea Parties (Published in 2021 by Denise Shick). Joey is a boy and Jill is a girl and they live next to each other. Joey likes to play with his friend Jill. They dress-up her dolls, have tea parties, and dance around the room in fancy hats. His parents are concerned and encourage him to play with Billy, but Joey doesn’t enjoy sitting outside in the hot sun and pushing trucks around in the sandbox. When Joey admits he has more fun with Jill than Billy, his parents seem unhappy. Then Joey and his dad spend an afternoon together. Joey’s dad gets involved in the activities his son enjoys and affirms his interests. They also read a Bible story about Joseph who wore a special colorful coat and later dressed up like an Egyptian in a fancy robe and sparkley hat.
Joey is not the typical “snakes and snails and puppy dog tails” little boy. Why is he different? Why doesn’t he like playing with Billy? Is it all right for him to play with Jill? The Boy Who Liked Tea Parties gently explores ways families can guide a child toward healthy gender identity and development. This charming story about an interesting child is a valuable tool for parents, teachers, and counselors who seek to demonstrate love and compassion as they help children develop gender confidence. Joey, his parents, and the reader all learn that being a boy is about more than the activities he enjoys; it’s about being the boy God designed him to be. A boy doesn’t have to feel that he’s a girl trapped in a boy’s body to enjoy the quieter things of life.