If you are looking for a book to inspire a girl in your life (including yourself) this is most definitely it!
Kate Pankhurst, descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst (leader of the suffragettes) has written this fabulous collection of factual stories about women who showed courage, determination and an adventurous spirit in times when it was thought only men could achieve greatness. Throughout the book, you will read about 13 different women, including Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Emmeline Pankhurst, Marie Curie, Sacagawea, Coco Chanel and Jane Austen.
Why I love it:
It would be hard not to love this book! The stories told within the cover are so very important for not just our daughters/granddaughters/nieces/girls-in-general, but for everyone. These were truly great women who showed enormous amounts of courage and grit.
Following your heart can be challenging at the best of times, but these women managed to do just that even in the face of blatant sexism, racism and adversity of all kinds. These are inspiring women, yes, but they are also simply inspiring people!
There is a Coco Chanel quote on her page in the book that I think I will have framed and put on the wall:
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants…”
Themes to discuss with your child:
- Gender equality
- History of women’s rights
- History in general
- Following your dreams
- Believing in yourself
- Daring to be different
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- Why do you think there are no men written about in this book?
- Why do you think a book just about women in history is important?
- What can you tell me about the women pictured on the cover? What are they doing?
- Which of the women, pictured on the cover, would you like to be? Why?
- Did you enjoy hearing these stories?
- Which story did you like best?
- Did any of the women inspire you to do something? Tell me about it.
- What is one word you would use to describe the women in this book?
- Now that you know all the stories, can you name the women on the cover?
- Now that you know all the stories, which woman would you most like to be? They don’t have to be pictured on the cover – you can choose any person from the book.
- If you were going to find out more about one of the women, which one would you choose to research further?
- Now that you’ve read the book, why do you think a book like this is important?
Imagine it is 100 years in the future, another book like this has been written and there is a page all about you! What does it say? What have you done to make it into the book?
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