Mary Wears What She Wants

Mary Wears What She Wants

Inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who bucked the gender expectations of her time, this is a fresh, charming picture book about a young girl who decides to wear what she wants: pants! Once upon a time (but not too long ago), girls only wore dresses. And only boys wore pants. Until one day, a young girl named Mary had a bold idea: She woul Inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who bucked the gender expectations o...

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Title:Mary Wears What She Wants
Author:Keith Negley
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062846795
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:42 pages pages

Mary Wears What She Wants Reviews

  • Rita
    Jan 31, 2019
    I loved this book! Plus, I hated dresses growing up so I could totally relate! Thank goodness for Mary paving the way! ...
  • Allie
    Mar 11, 2019
    This book is ok. The story is nice and it would be an acceptable read during women's history month. I love his style of drawing people, but the color palette leaves a lot to be desired. It kind of indicates people with non-white skin tones using pink, blue, etc.; but since it's not spe...
  • Villain E
    Feb 24, 2019
    Too simplistic. I couldn't tell this was about a real person until I got to the Author's note at the end. ...
  • Megan - Alohamora Open a Book
    Feb 16, 2019
    "Mary didn't understand why everyone cared so much about what she wore. They've never seen a girl wearing pants before, said her father. Sometimes people get scared of what they don't understand." "I'm not wearing boys' clothes. I'm wearing MY clothes!" A fantastic story base...
  • Melanie
    Jan 30, 2019
    Young Mary hates wearing dresses all of the time. It's so restricting! She can't bend over to pet her cat or play on the playground with the boys. One day she decides to wear pants to school. This causes such an uproar that Mary isn't sure she made the right choice. Her father helps he...
  • Laura Harrison
    Jan 24, 2019
    2019 is already beginning with some pretty amazing picture book biographies. Mary Wears Want She Wants is one of them. Well written, entertaining and with some eye popping, creative and beautiful illustrations. I love it! ...
  • Briony
    Jan 23, 2019
    This is loosely based on Mary Edwards Walker. Walker was a trailblazer by wearing pants instead of dresses, attending medical school, volunteering as an army surgeon during the Civil War, and so much more. Mary Wears What She Wants is a standout in the field of picture books breaki...
  • Erin
    Feb 14, 2019
    unique illustrations. lots of pink. simply drawn but faces have lots of expressions. 1-3 sentences per page. easy for preschool storytime, class visit grades k-2 but sometimes it might be a bit hard for a large group to see the expressions on characters. good message. based on true s...
  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 30, 2019
    I wish there was a bit more of the back matter info incorporated into the actual story, as it seemed to lack a bit of depth - I wondered as I was reading if this was a fictional story or that of a real person. But I liked the idea of telling Mary Edwards Walker's story, though was surp...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 25, 2019
    I love the woman this book is about. She is the definition of a feminist, and the fact that she stood her ground is amazing. Even more impressive, she graduated from medical school and became a surgeon, then still fought for women's rights to vote! She just may be my new idol. ...
  • Pam  Page
    Feb 15, 2019
    Arrested for wearing pants! Mary Walker was a brave woman who paved the way for women today. Thank heavens...I can't imagine not wearing pants! ...
  • Sam
    Jan 25, 2019
    Loosely based on Mary Walker's life. Girl chooses to wear pants and wins her right to do so. ...
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    Feb 01, 2019
    A delightfully imaginative and entertaining mini-bio of Mary Walker, the woman who wore pants. Not only is the text concise, the use of color and white space is expertly illustrated. An informative author's note gives more info about Mary Walker's life. Truly a delightful book. ...
  • AnnieM
    Feb 20, 2019
    History done righty. ...
  • Andrew
    Dec 22, 2018
    This picture book is the true story of Mary Walker, who shocked the world by wearing... pants!?! Back in the mid-1800s, this was unheard of, and it made many people upset! That didn't stop her, though, and in doing so, helped defy the notion that all girls and women must wear dresses--...
  • Aliza Werner
    Mar 02, 2019
    Challenging gender norms. ...
  • Alyson
    Feb 12, 2019
    A great story about being yourself despite the odds, and it's based on an actual historical figure! Could be great in storytime. ...
  • Jenny Yergin
    Mar 08, 2019
    I love this! Its a great way for children to learn about Mary Walker and all that she accomplished for women. The artwork is gorgeous and is perfect for the story. I am very thankful she was such a pioneer for women's rights. ...
  • Constance Charles
    Feb 28, 2019
    Illustrations are great and the message is direct but doesn't beat you over the head too much. Also includes a nice Author's Note about the real life Mary. A solid kid's biography collection choice. ...
  • Anita
    Mar 08, 2019
    This book is beautifully illustrated and wonderful. I love that there are more children's books coming out giving a re-telling of someone who did something bold in history. This one about Mary Walker didn't disappoint and you KNOW I had to wear pants today. ...
  • Lauren Canaday
    Mar 22, 2019
    Absolutely adorable illustrations and an accessible story line for little ones. Mary Edwards Walker was one of the first women known to wear pants, and she fought for women's rights into the early 1900s. ...
  • Amanda Walz
    Mar 13, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this one. At face value I think it's a good picture book about a girl who wears pants in a time that it is very scandalous for her to do so. It reads as fiction. Then at the end it shares that the girl is real, but everything in the book didn't really happen...
  • Miss Sarah
    Mar 20, 2019
    An elementary picture book about Mary Walker, one of the first women to wear pants. Very inspiring and easy to follow. lots of pages few words ...
  • Brooklyn Cribdon (Kemp)
    Jan 26, 2019
    This is such a fantastic non-fic picturebook!! The artwork is simple yet gorgeous and uses a lovely colour pallet. The story is fun, engaging, and inspiring, and I feel like it would start an awesome conversation if read in a group like storytime or a classroom. I also appreciate the b...
  • BrookesEducationLibrary
    Mar 18, 2019
    "I don't wear men's clothes, I wear my own clothes." What a fab picture book which introduces us to Mary Edwards Walker who was one of the first known women to wear trousers! Simplistically told with bright stylised illustrations, this story will encourage young readers to challenge ...
  • Baby Bookworm
    Mar 14, 2019
    Hello, friends! Our book today is Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley, a picture book reimagining of the childhood of trailblazer Mary Edwards Walker. Long ago, it was illegal for girls to wear pants. Women and girls could only wear dresses, which were cumbersome, uncomfortabl...
  • Viviane Elbee
    Mar 10, 2019
    This book is about Mary Walker?s choice to wear pants despite intense opposition because women during her time liked to wear dresses. However, Mary?s other accomplishments, like the fact that she was a doctor and won a prestigious military award are only included in the back matter...
  • Emily
    Feb 05, 2019
    The illustrations are bright and beautiful, and I like that Mary is based off of a real person: Mary Walker, one of the first women to wear pants. It teaches to stand up for what you believe in, even when facing adversity. I do wish the story didn't imply that pants are better than dre...
  • Abigail
    Mar 22, 2019
    Inspired by the story of Mary Edwards Walker, an unconventional nineteenth-century American woman who insisted on wearing pants, author/illustrator Keith Negley spins the tale of schoolgirl Mary in this, his third picture-book. Uncomfortable in the hot, stuffy dresses she is forced to ...
  • Annalisa
    Jan 28, 2019
    This book tells the story of Mary Edwards Walker, a woman who, aside from her various accomplishments, elected to wear pants at a time when it was unheard of and even illegal. I loved this book! I didn't feel like it was trying too hard to sell a message. I liked that the text was simp...