Book Review | Pink Brain, Blue Brain

Title: Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps — And What We Can Do About It

Author: Lise Eliot, Ph. D.

My Review:

This book is all about gender, stereotypes and re-thinking how we look at the differences between males and females.. The author maintains that even if we are consciously trying not to, parents and teachers alike are unknowingly perpetuating the stereotypes that have been passed down to our society over the years.

Dr. Eliot presents us with the latest knowledge concerning gender and shows that “pink brain/blue brain” syndrome is not part of our nature, but rather we are taught to be “girlish” or “boyish” over the course of time.

The author’s goal in writing this book is to educate parents and teachers and to educate them as to how to help kids reach their full potential without influencing them because of the gender they happened to be at birth.

I found this book particularly interesting as I am currently in the field of education and at one time had my own daycare business. I have seen many cases where boys were not allowed to play with dolls or tea-sets or anything else deemed for girls in their minds {and if their dad found out they did I would be reprimanded} and little girls, under the age  of 5, would come with their white patent leather shoes and frilly pink outfits with a stern warning to them and to me, to not get dirty.

I am very much a person who is not stereotypical {just ask my husband…} so I really appreciated a book that explains how gender identities truly are formed. The other thing I liked about it is that it is not full of terms that were over my head. It was enjoyable and easy to read. I think every parent need to read this as should teachers. Very eye opening…

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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