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Jacob's Room to Choose

by Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman Magination Press
Pub Date:
05/2019
ISBN:
9781433830730
Format:
Hbk 32 pages
Price:
AU$29.99 NZ$30.43
Product Status: In Stock Now
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A sequel to Jacob's New Dress, which made national headlines by being banned across the country, the beloved lead character is back in an encouraging story about gender expression.


 


When Jacob goes to the boys' bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of the way he is dressed. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls' bathroom.


 


When their teacher finds out what happened, Jacob and Sophie, with the support of administration, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.
“The students set out to create new, inclusive bathroom signs: ‘I have to pee, so let me be!’ one reads. Ms. Reeves just might be the real star in the story, as she models how limiting traditional views of gender can be.” —Publishers Weekly

“Their teacher's lesson shows that there are more than two ways to dress—not all boys wear short hair, and not all girls wear long hair or dresses. Even their own classroom represents a spectrum of expressions.” —Kirkus Reviews

“So many, many people need to read this book.  Kids adults, politicians, administrators—there is not one person in this world that doesn’t need to digest and ponder the less of this sweet, simple, and very necessary (unfortunately) book.” —Kiss the Book

"Like the first book about Jacob, the message is about acceptance. Simple lyrical writing introduces the setting and the characters from the opening lines: 'The carpet was warm. The bunnies were funny. Jacob and Sophie loved library time.' And the message is vital, especially for this young age group. The Hoffman’s book comes from their hearts." —Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

“Kids need the tools to understand gender nonconforming peers.  With books like this, minds open, perspectives blossom and everyone has more choices.  Sophie and Jacob’s teacher is paying attention and sees an opportunity to create a more inclusive classroom and school where everyone’s differences are celebrated.  A progressive book that is forward thinking and acting to solve problems with new solutions.”
— Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Librarian and Influencer, @WanderingBookseller
Sarah Hoffman (who has written for Cookie, Babble, and The San Francisco Chronicle) and Ian Hoffman are co-authors of the often banned book Jacob’s New Dress, which School Library Journal praised by saying,“Warm cartoon illustrations convey the mood well and offer readers visual clues to the cruelty, teasing, and struggle with self-acceptance that can occur when children are different from their peers… Encourage[s] discussions of gender, identity, and self-confidence.” Sarah and Ian live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two children. This is their second book. Visit sarahandianhoffman.com.
 
Chris Case received BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He lives in Oregon.