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'My Princess Boy': The anti-bullying book and the boy who inspired it

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One day, Dyson Kilodavis started playing with dress-up clothes at day care. The 4-year-old chose a red, sequined dress and pink heels to wear.

When his mother picked him up, she was a little uncomfortable.

The next day, when she came to get her son, he greeted her in a yellow dress.

She became worried -- what would the rest of the world think? Would he be bullied?

So began Cheryl Kilodavis's journey to understand how to embrace her son -- and his love of shiny, pink dresses.

Now, at 5, Dyson plays basketball and tries on jewelry. He and his mother appeared on a Seattle talk show to discuss the book she wrote about her son, "My Princess Boy."

"The only message you get out there is that there is a gender confusion issue," Kilodavis said. "I wanted to make sure he was happy and healthy. ... It's all about acceptance."

The book is being used at Dyson's school and the teachers have rallied behind the boy.

In light of all the recent tragic outcomes of bullying at schools, the story of Dyson offers a sweet respite of hope.

Just try and make it through without a dry eye when Dyson's 8-year-old brother explains how he told his mom to get the Cinderella costume Dyson begged to wear for Halloween.

(Thanks, Dangerous Minds.)

By Melissa Bell  | October 15, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
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