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The Heart of a Boy

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This book is fine, and the photos are nice, but I found myself wanting something more. The single sentence text accompaniments felt lacking.
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The Heart of a Boy highlights the fact that boys are multifaceted. Like all humans and all groups, boys are more than their stereotypes. Any boy could pick this book up and find multiple examples of himself – curious, kind, vulnerable, creative, joyful, resilient…
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Very sweet and well done book. I can see parents loving the messages and children loving the pictures.
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The Heart of a Boy is extremely inspiring and heart-warming. Boys of any age will read this and see themselves within at least a few of the boys/men within this book. Parker's moving photography and quotes from boys all over the world will inspire boys to be who they are and not be afraid to show their emotions. I also love that Parker breaks this books into sections based on the emotion or experience she wants to capture.
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Content doesn't seem like something the readers of today need. Great information and visuals but doesn't feel like anything that needs to be put out into the world. Plenty of other titles that should be prioritized much, much higher.
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Such a sweet and uplifting book about the uniqueness of little boys and their views of the world. The pictures are beautifully produced and the quotes are fresh and unique.
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Kate T. Parker, best-selling author of Stong is the New Pretty book for girls, now turns her attention to boys and gives them their due.

With beautiful pictures and meaningful quotes from the boys themselves, as well as famous people, Parker encourages readers to leave old stereotypes of gender behavior behind and rather celebrate all facets of the combinations of personality, emotions, weaknesses and strengths that make each of us the unique human being that we are.

The Heart of a Boy is a joy to read, a visual gift, and a book with an important message, "we all want love and acceptance for who we are". A conversation starter, a coffee table book to be enjoyed time and again, this book would be a good gift to yourself or others.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

The book will be available to the public on April 2, 2019.
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This is a sweet little coffee table-type book that celebrates the beauty of boys in a modern and engaging way. I really enjoyed the glimpses into each boy's personality, and the way it shows that boys are vulnerable and have emotions, too. I'm not sure who the intended audience is, though, and what one would do with a book like this, but it's cute.
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When I read Strong is the New Pretty in 2017, I immediately wanted to buy it for all the little girls in my life. It was a love song to them, celebrating their strength, their spirit, their individuality. It was telling little girls they could be anything they wanted to be, and it was okay to strive for more. It made me cry, and it made me smile and feel warm inside. 

Kate Parker has done it to me again, and I may never forgive her for giving me too many feelings wrapped in another simple, sweet, powerful book. 

The young men featured here range in ages, from 4 to 19. They are seen in every scenario, from sports to family time to just quiet moments alone with a pet. There are boys of different races, different abilities, different religions. There's smiles from wheelchairs and strength behind walkers. There's pride in sports victories, love for friends and siblings. There's tears and joy and everything about being a boy that should be celebrated. 

I love these two books far too much, and need both of them to hand out to every child I know.
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In this age of condemning "toxic masculinity" and gender wars, Kate T. Parker's celebration of boyhood, The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood is a breath of fresh air.  She writes that after publishing her earlier book, Strong is the New Pretty, she wanted to "show the richness and diversity of boyhood."  For this book, she travelled the country, attempting "to capture boyhood in all its forms."

 





Parker's subjects range from preschool to late teens, and she captures them in action, in contemplation, smiling and brooding, hamming it up and candid.  She clearly sought to photograph a wide spectrum of ages and races.  She includes a number of boys with disabilities or who are recovering from illnesses or surgeries.  The result is that any boy will be able to see himself and his friends in these pictures.  Is your boy joyful, vulnerable, dedicated, playful, creative, resilient, expressive, independent, curious, and kind?  He would fit right in with these boys.





Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
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I found myself reading this book on the same day my 12 year old son inquired, “what do masculine and feminine mean anymore and are these words still relevant?”.  While I don’t have the perfect answer, this book along side its companion Strong is the New Pretty are tools to have these conversations, banish stereotypes and evolve in our understanding of gender and individuality.
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I read an arc of this as an ebook. It still needs some quotes and names and some of the ages seem incorrect. I think it will be a wonderful book when it comes out. I like how boys are depicted in so many ways. There is a wide array of representation. My favorite photo and quote are of a boy looking up with wonder at a suit of armor, "Is there anybody in there?"
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BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful follow-up to Strong is the New Pretty (which made me cry!). Beautiful photos of boys being their authentic selves. This book would be a great gift for a new parent or any boy who needs help feeling comfortable in their own skin. I personally look forward to adding this to my own library.
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I am a huge fan of Strong is the New Pretty. I love the introduction especially where our author expresses her why not boys too thoughts. The photographs and quotes of these fantastic young men are inspiring and evoke much joy in my soul. Thank you Ms Parker and Workman Publishing!
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This book is magnificent. It captures the energy, the vulnerability and the wonder of a boy. I can imagine this as a gift for a new mother or a long-established family. The photography is museum-quality and the accompanying text holds its own alongside the pictures. I especially love the quotes from the boys themselves. This is a book to savor and pick up again and again.
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I didn’t care for this book. Some parts were fine and inspirational, they meshed with what the author was trying to accomplish. Other parts, however, seemed to only celebrate the broken and encourage it. You don’t have to suffer to be strong. Don’t encourage the bad. 
The book was okay, I just didn’t feel that it was nearly as good as its predecessor, Strong is the New Pretty, which I did like.
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