Were I Not A Girl (Library Binding)
The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry
Schwartz & Wade, 9781984849069, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
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Like other girls of her time, Margaret Bulkley didn't go to school. She wouldn't grow up to own property, be a soldier, a doctor, or hold any job other than perhaps maid or governor--such was a girl's lot in 19th century England. And was she comfortable born in a girl's body? We will never know. What we do know is that at the age of 18, she tugged off her stockings and dress, cut her red-gold curls, and vanished. In her place appeared a young man. Margaret became James Barry. James would attend medical school, become a doctor and a soldier, travel the world. He would fall in love, deliver babies, and fight in a duel. And he would live a rich full life.
Here is a picure book that is both a fascinating and sensitively drawn portrait of someone who would not be undervalued, and an important introduction to the concept of gender identity.
About the Author
LAUREN SIMKIN BERKE is an award-winning illustrator, working with clients such as the New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, and Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance. Berke's artwork has graced covers of books such as Katie Rain Hill's Rethinking Normal, the Paris Review's The Writer's Chapbook, and the first edition of Susan Stryker's Transgender History. This is their first picture book. Visit them at simkinberke.com.