Bill's New Frock
User1438423 · 21/05/2023 11:01
I picked this book up in a charity shop this week because I remember enjoying it when I was in primary school, but I read it first before giving it to DC because I couldn't remember the story and I was worried it might be sexist. I am absolutely delighted that it is in fact a brilliant feminist book for children around age 6-10.
Bill wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a girl. His mum makes him wear a pink frock. Everyone acts as though nothing is wrong that he is a girl, like it has always been that way. The book is how Bill experiences a day in primary school differently as a girl, and how differently he is treated by adults, teens, teachers and his peers. It highlights everyday sexism in primary school culture that is still vert relevant today. Everything from girls clothes not being practical and having pockets, to expectations around school work and football culture in the playground. It really is a brilliant book to discuss with primary aged children that I wanted to recommend.
NotDonna · 23/05/2023 06:33
Love this book by Anne Fine and read it will all three of my DDs. I remember Bill being horrified that he had to have neat handwriting as a girl and his usual messy scrawl as a boy was suddenly frowned upon. Everyday prejudice. you know she wrote ‘Flour Babies’ and ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ too. Think mine read those two in yr5/6 ish. Very good.
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