Of Course They Do!: Boys and Girls Can Do Anything by Marie-Sabine Roger and Anne Sol
This very simple book filled with crisp photographs takes on gender stereotypes and proves them quickly wrong. The book starts with things that boys don’t do, like “Boys don’t cook.” Turn the page and the counter to the stereotype is given with a photograph of a chef and the words “Are you sure?” The book then moves on to stereotypes about girls, like them not playing sports.
The format is engaging and fresh. Having the more traditional gender role on one page and then the correction on next works particularly well, since it gives children a chance to realize that they themselves may think some of these things. I also like that the format asks questions on the pages where the stereotype is being disputed. This too lets children have the ability to change their mind rather than be defensive about what they had been thinking.
The illustrations are all photographs and are bright and clear. Many of them are close ups of faces that prove the point that girls and boys can do so many things. Throughout the book there is clear diversity as well.
Clear and intelligently designed, this book will be welcome for units about gender. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.