A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 has the same format as the first Rebel Girls book: a collection of 100 one-page stories about women throughout history and around the world who did (or are doing) extraordinary things. Some are recognized for achievements that were firsts for women. Seventy artists from around the world contributed the portraits that face each biographical sketch. As in the first anthology, some of the people profiled are super-famous (Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, Beyoncé, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, J.K. Rowling, Ellen DeGeneres). And some are little known, especially to American readers, such as Italian fencing champion Beatrice Vito, who lost her legs and forearms after an attack of meningitis but continued to compete in a wheelchair. "To be special," Bebe says, "you need to turn your weakness into the thing you're most proud of." The book is packed with such positive messages, which kids and adults alike will find inspiring. And the high production values and stunning, varied illustrations make this a total package to treasure. There's a mention of coming out as gay and a reference to the word "lesbian" deriving from the ancient Greek poet Sappho, who lived on the island of Lesbos.
What's the story?
GOOD NIGHT STORIES OF REBEL GIRLS 2 offers 100 stories and portraits of girls and women from around the world who have accomplished great things. Politicians, royalty, scientists, doctors, entertainers, athletes, writers, painters, warriors -- the range is vast. There are historical figures, such as Queen Nefertiti of Egypt and Sojourner Truth, and contemporary girls and women, including Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani, Japanese skateboarding champ Sky Brown, and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the first person to brew coffee in outer space!
Is it any good?
This lively, kid-friendly collection of stories about bold female innovators and barrier breakers is informative, entertaining, and inspiring. The brief biographical sketches are quick and easy to read (many start with "Once upon a time ...") and full of fun facts to spark the interest of young readers. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 makes a wonderful read-aloud, perfect for savoring a few stories at a time. But strong independent readers, both girls and boys, may devour the whole book swiftly on their own, since the stories are so fascinating and the accompanying portraits so compelling.
Positive messages abound in these inspiring profiles, with takeaways like follow your dreams, don't take no for an answer, and you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard, never give up, and don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do something because you're a girl.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the extraordinary girls and women in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2. Which are your favorites? Who inspires you the most?
How do you think the artists chose a certain detail to emphasize in each portrait? If someone drew a picture of you, what do you think the artist would include to show what's special about you or something you've done?
Draw a picture of a girl or woman who's done great things that you know about.
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