Mary Wears What She Wants: A Book Review

This picture book biography took me by surprise. I mean that even though the author graciously offered me a review copy, I wasn’t expecting to be so blown away by a picture book! I’ll admit to being pretty excited about the author offering to inscribe it to my own daughter, also named Mary, who has a long history of being opinionated about gender neutral clothing.

Mary Edward Walker born in 1832 was a woman who what she wanted and what she didn’t want. Her independence went far beyond clothing as she graduated from medical school in 1855 and then went on to volunteer in the army during the Civil War.

However, it all started with pants. Mary didn’t want to wear dresses all the time. As you can imagine, people in her community were shocked. The 4-8 year old set will probably be amazed that this was ever the social norm.

The artwork is spectacular and even in this short book kids get a real sense of what Mary was like in person.

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

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