I came across a post, She Is Jazz, and Good for Her, by a dad about reading a new picture book to his four-year-old daughter. At one point, after a few pages of what he expected of a picture book with a little girl on the cover, he turned the page and he says this:
“I read the words aloud before fully realizing what they said. And then I paused. And then a wide smile spread across my face and I started laughing.”
He was surprised by the direction the book took with two brief sentences.
“I have a girl brain but a boy body. This is called transgender.”
What the book, I Am Jazz, delivers is, as this dad reader says, “a delightfully modest and straightforward explanation of what it means to be transgender.”
The book is based on the experiences of co-author Jazz Jennings. I say kudos to Jazz, her co-author Jessica Herthel, and illustrator Shelagh McNicholas, and to all the writers and publishers who help to expand our sense of what it is to be a human being. Bravo! And thank you.
For what it’s worth.
© 2017 Ray Rhamey
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