I Love My Purse

Book cover for I Love My Purse by Belle Demont

Belle Demont


Sonja Wimmer

Book Summary

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself.

With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.

Purse, Stereotypes, Peer pressure, Clothing, Self-esteem, Gender norms

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Annick Press
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