This book is a dedication to the expression of individuality, the building of positive self-esteem, and the acceptance of others. All I can say is that I wish I had this book growing up and I am grateful that it is available for my children. The authors summed it up perfectly when they said this book makes a point to encourage girls to make “bold choices” that “serve their health- physically, mentally, and emotionally.” This stopped me in my tracks because of how powerful and so very much needed this is.
The illustrations depict the diversity in what it means to be a girl and reinforce that theme throughout the book. One of my favorite pictures is the one that shows a group of girls at a sleepover. They are laughing, talking, and enjoying each other’s presence. The group is made of a wide variety of races, ethnicities, and cultures. I kept thinking how this was lacking in many of the sleepovers I went to growing up.
I hope all girls are able to have access to the message demonstrated in the book throughout their lives!
Author: Frank Murphy
Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
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