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Guthli Has Wings (English)

Author : Kanak Shashi
Illustrator : Kanak Shashi

Guthli is everyone’s favourite — a happy child who likes to draw fairies, swing and cycle. But then one day she is told not to wear her sister’s frilly frock that she loves, but her ‘own’ boy’s clothes. And things erupt.

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Age 6+
Specifications 24 pages; 8.5” x 7.5”; full colour; soft cover
ISBN 978-93-86667-94-6
First Published 2019

“Why do you keep saying I’m a boy when I’m a girl?” Guthli asks her mother.

 

In that simple question lies all the bewilderment that children like Guthli feel, who don’t seem to others what they know they are. The gentle, bold story about gender identity tells it like it is, reality echoed in the flatness of the vibrant cutout illustrations — Guthli’s sparkle and sadness, her family’s confusion, the big question mark that hangs over them all. How will Guthli get wings to be herself, to fly?

Of gender identity, self-determination and preferred pronouns

Guthli identifies as a girl. The author affirms this gender identity by referring to Guthli as a girl, and by using Guthli’s preferred pronoun ‘she’. Guthli’s mother takes a while to come to terms with her daughter’s gender identity... If young students like Guthli can show the courage to challenge conventional ideas about gender, and define their own place in the world, how can you stand along with them as an ally? Chintan Girish Modi

"...to feel less alone in confusing and difficult situations."

"I really hope that stories like these make it easier for young readers to defy traditions that make little sense. And also for them to feel less alone in confusing and difficult situations." Yamini Vijayan, library consultant

An interesting depiction of a rather sensitive yet immensely sig

The book does a commendable job with conveying the gravity of the issue being addressed through a simple plot, which spans over 20 pages.The structure of the story is smooth and effectively communicates the plot and other literary details. Character and conflict introduction are well-nuanced and increase the overall appeal and quality of the text. As a result of these factors, the book is a good option to consider when advancing the level of reading in beginner readers.The Book Review

Not just role play

"the story of Guthli, a free-spirited child who loves wearing his sister’s frilly frock, doesn’t just depict a transition of gender identity alone, but also how a parent (like Guthli’s mum) comes to terms with it" mid-day.com by Dalreen Ramos.

A lesson to parents about socialisation

A simple book, with vibrant illustrations, the colours taking you through the many emotions that Guthli, a child, like any child with hopes, has! Even before I read it, I made my mother read it. gaysifamily.com - Pooja Nair - Gaysi, The Gay Desi

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Guthli Has Wings (English)

Guthli Has Wings (English)

Guthli is everyone’s favourite — a happy child who likes to draw fairies, swing and cycle. But then one day she is told not to wear her sister’s frilly frock that she loves, but her ‘own’ boy’s clothes. And things erupt.

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