When I’m a Man
A Story From Fathers To Their Sons
by Eric M. Strong
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Pub Date 12 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 11 Jun 2023
What does it mean to be a man?
Drive a monster truck?
Whistle at girls?
“When I’m a Man” is the story of a boy who tells his dad all of the fantastic things he will do when he grows up.
“Dad, when I’m a man, I’m going to eat beans and meat and drink drinks that put hair on my chest! And I’m going to burp as loud as I want and never use a napkin again.”
Follow along with this young boy's dream as he describes having a bushy beard and big muscles that he uses to get whatever he wants. Each imaginative scene is brightly illustrated and full of details that will keep you entertained as you read along.
To the boy’s surprise, his dad helps set the record straight about what it really means to be a man.
“I have no doubt that you will be big and strong, but being a man isn’t about using your muscles to get your way. It’s about using your strength to help those around you.”
At the end of this touching story about manhood is a timely lesson to young boys about the importance of taking responsibility and living a life of service.
“You know what, Dad? When I’m a man, I hope I’m just like you!”
Based on a real conversation between a father and son, this book is sure to make an impact on the next generation of men.
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A heartfelt children's picture book that delves into the question of masculinity. Through the imaginative story of a young boy sharing his dreams of manhood with his dad, the book explores common stereotypes and expectations associated with being a man. From eating meat and driving monster trucks to whistling at girls and watching sports, the boy paints a vivid picture of his future self. However, as the story unfolds, the boy's dad lovingly sets the record straight, emphasizing that true manhood is not defined by superficial traits but by using one's strength to help others. With vibrant illustrations and a touching message, this book leaves a lasting impression and imparts an important lesson about responsibility and service.
Buckle up for a journey of self-discovery and redefining masculinity in this children's book that challenges stereotypes and empowers young boys to embrace a more compassionate and responsible view of manhood.
delightful children's picture book that tackles the concept of masculinity with thoughtfulness and tenderness. The story follows a young boy's imaginative description of what he believes it means to be a man, painting a humorous and relatable picture. The illustrations brilliantly capture the boy's dreams, filled with details that engage young readers. What sets this book apart is the father's response, gently guiding his son towards a deeper understanding of manhood. The message of using strength to help others and the importance of responsibility is delivered with subtlety and impact. This book serves as a valuable conversation starter, encouraging children to question societal expectations and promoting a more compassionate and empathetic view of masculinity.