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Author : Kanak Shashi
Illustrator : Kanak Shashi
Guthli is a happy child, everyone’s favourite. Then one day she is told not to wear her sister’s frilly frock, but her ‘own’ boy’s clothes. And things erupt. “Why do you keep saying I’m a boy when I’m a girl?” she 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 cut-out illustrations — Guthli’s sparkle and sadness, her family’s confusion, the big question mark that hangs over them all… Selected for the 2020 White Ravens Catalogue
2020: White Ravens, International Youth Library, Germany
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|Specifications||24 pages; 8.5” x 7.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||gender, identity, social theme, acceptance, family, inclusive book|
Included in Lambda Literary’s “September’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature” roundup. Lambda Literary
A beautiful book
Do you want to unfold a conversation with children around the topic of transgender and you get confused about your entry point about it. If yes, 'Guthli has Wings' has a solution for you. Written by Kanak Shashi and published by amazing @tulikabooks this book will give you and your children around to unfold conversation about topic of transgender. @kitape_katha_koi
A book that portrays our myriad worlds
Guthi Has Wings is a beautifully illustrated and written book by Kanak Shashi which talks about a child loved by everyone. A child who just wants to do what she feels like, what she loves and not what is expected of him! @readingkeedalibrary
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
Refreshing and Impactful
Guthli Has Wings is so refreshing and impactful because it prioritises and stays close to Guthli’s view of herself and point of view. Guthli invites us to take ... radiant, difficult steps. Pattani Pod