La mitad de Juan

(Half of Juan) Book not yet available in English


Juan is tired of being told what to do. At home, his mother tells him that he must behave like a boy. At school, they laugh at him because he wears a pink t-shirt and doesn’t like football. One day, he decides to stop using all the things he likes in order to be a boy, but he gets bored and sad. Until Mint the Fairy visits him…


The story brings to light gender-based prejudices and models, and the social pressure that can overwhelm the individual and against which child must learn to fight. The mirror where only half of Juan is reflected is the daily and symbolic element which allows children to see that something is missing if they decide to live without those things and activities that actually enrich people’s lives. To be (and see ourselves) complete, we have to fight for what we want, regardless of whether others consider it as “male” or “female”.

Edited by: Research Centre Anilij (Spain)

Author(s): Lienas, Gemma

Illustrator(s): Fanlo, Àfrica

Series: El hada Menta

Publisher: La Galera

City: Barcelona

Year: 2008

Pages: 36

ISBN: 9788424628932

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: ES

Original Language: ES

Keywords: Bullying, Identity, LGBTQ+, School

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