Pansy Boy
Paul Harfleet

Ages: 7-11

A beautifully illustrated book that tells how a young boy overcomes homophobia with flowers.

Out in the natural world, a boy is in awe of its beauty. Birds in flight amaze him. School squats at the end of summer. He is fey, and bullies aren’t comfortable with that. They attack him. How can he defend himself?

In a rhyming poem, the story comes to life in vivid graphic art. The boy takes strength from the flowers he loves. Where bullies pinned his life with their hate, he plants a pansy. The power of his actions empowers his school to value what is delicate and different.

The book comes complete with a personal field guide to the flowers and birds of its pages.

When young, Paul Harfleet felt that tug between the world’s natural beauties and a world that could be vicious to gay children. Paul conceived and runs The Pansy Project, an activist movement which since 2005 has planted pansies at the sites of homophobic attacks around the world.

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about the author

Paul Harfleet

Paul Harfleet is an artist, writer, and designer. He has been planting pansies at sites of homophobia since 2005. He has visited cities across the U.K. and  throughout Europe, to date he...


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