A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of more than 300 women of different ethnicities, ages, and abilities.
Women have achieved great accomplishments throughout history, despite having to overcome adversity.
Features women and girls of many different ethnicities, ages, sexual identities, and abilities from all over the world.
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Violence & Scariness
Touches on racism, sexism, war, climate change, and people being put down for their looks or abilities, using extremely general and age-appropriate language. The violent part of many of the women's stories are left out. The section on Malala Yousafzai, for example, does not mention her being shot by a Taliban gunman.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rebel Girls Handbook highlights the many great accomplishments women have achieved throughout history, despite having to overcome adversity. The women represent a wide range of ethnicities, sexual identities, and abilities. They display impressive skills in a variety of areas as well as courage, perseverance, empathy, curiosity and other positive attributes that are highlighted as their "superpowers". The book also has QR codes that lead to expanded audio stories in the Rebel Girls app. Though the linked stories are all free, the app does require a monthly subscription fee for access to it's full library.
Is It Any Good?
This extensive collection of stories of girls and women who've made a positive impact on the world would be a fine addition to any girl's library. The Rebel Girls Handbook not only tells the tales of these impressive females, it also invites readers to process their stories in a variety of ways. Two sections in the beginning of the book create a clear picture of how girls have made an impact in every corner of the world and throughout history. The first is dedicated to specific regions of the world, the second to a visual timeline of female change makers, starting with the rule of Cleopatra and ending with Maya Angelou becoming the first Black female to appear on the U.S. quarter. Coming in at a hefty 400 pages, it would make a great gift for the elementary school kid in your life.
Some of the biographies contain a "Your Turn" section, detailing actions readers can take to follow in the footsteps of the woman they're reading about. And there are QR codes hidden throughout the book that take readers to free high-quality audio productions that dive even further into the lives of the role models featured via the Rebel Girls app. In the case of poet Amanda Gorman, listeners hear more about her early struggles with Auditory Processing Disorder, as well as her historic words spoken in her own voice.
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