Title: 10,000 Dresses
Author: Marcus Ewert
Illustrator: Rex Ray
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (November 4, 2008)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Reading age: 5 years and up
Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows. . . . Unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. “You’re a BOY!” Mother and Father tell Bailey. “You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all.” Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey’s dreams come true!
A parent of a Columbus (WI) Elementary School student requested this picture book’s removal from the school library. “My objection to this is not about homosexuality,” said the parent, “but on the appropriateness of the subject matter, particularly for children under 8 years of age. Young children have an innocence they cannot regain when exposed to such material. This book not only encourages cross-dressing, it undermines the authority of parents by making the neighbor the hero when parents objected.” Other community parents spoke in favor of retaining the book. The superintendent retained the book on the unanimous recommendation of the reconsideration committee.
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