There are good books, there are great books and then there our books which touch our lives in a very special ways. They tell stories which inspire us, make us happy, tales which we instantly connect with, stories which make us pick the book up again and again.
Today, I'm writing about one such book which I recently came across. The title of the book was appealing enough for me to pick it up for my little Z. What I didn't know was that the stories in the book will touch my heart as much as they inspire my daughter. The book is called Goodnight stories for Rebel girls. It's written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. It has illustrations by 60 female artists from across the globe.
I made Z pick up her abosolute favorites and she did give me a long list after a lot of drama, according to her, "how can I pick only a few. I love all the stories." Anyway, her favorites include Margaret Hamilton, Brenda Chapman, Ann Makosinski, Coy Mathis, Maria Montessori, Jane Austen, Cleopatra, Julia Child, Simone Billes, Ashley Fiolek, Nelly Bly and Malala Yousafzai. I can't blame her for picking so many of them. The length of the stories, the illustrations, the narrative, everything is perfect.
We have read these stories once and we are reading it once again... I know it definitely isn't the last time she is (sorry we are) reading it. I love the message in the beginning of the the book as well; "To the rebel girls of the world: Dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and when in doubt, remember you are right."
I wish I had Goodnight stories for rebel girls, when I was a little girl.
Thank you for this new book you got for me, Goodnight stories for rebel girls. How am I ever going to get through it? You normally get me dolls, toys and dresses on my birthday! Why didn't you get me a dress? I don't like reading! On second thought, maybe i should try it. The pages are quite nice and there seem to be a lot of photos so maybe i'll read it fast. .... It's been a week since I got this book. It seems pretty neat. And not just the photos! Just got introduced to Ada Lovelace. She seems like a Kamala aunty in 1850 London. She likes mathematics mama! Did they teach maths to girls back then? I even went to the internet to search about her. Supposedly she wrote the first program for that Charles Babbage machine that we all use, the computer. (Doesn't papa also do the same these days?). I hate my maths teacher, but maybe i should get through those classes if I want to be like her. ... I've been reading this book on and off. Each story is so different! I'll tell you about my favorite one so far. Amelia Earhart. She seems to be straight out of a movie! You know all those action movies that you and papa watch, with the pilots flying into an adventure? I thought you need to be big and strong to fly, but Amelia looks quite cute. ... Just finished this book. Thanks so much for buying it. No more dolls for me. I want to be like Rita Levi. She studied the brain you know, and even got a nobel prize for it. So brainy. I'm sure she didn't play with dolls when she was young! Never mind heroes, I think I've found my real life heroine.
PS: Also, buy me more books... if they are like this, i'm sure i'll love them.
I woke up this morning at the age of thirty and read this bed time story book for children, as differing as it can get like the portraits of the hundred rebel girls in this book. I am not entirely satisfied with the choice of women in the write ups and the content that describes them. While each individual faces his or her own battle, when it is about picking them up for a motivational book which is intended to be read by children and girls especially the choice of incidents and words that describe them have to carry some exceptional substance. I found this lacking greatly in many places. The illustrations though are brilliant and sharp. Some portraits are highly inspirational. The book maybe titled ‘Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls’ but this is a must read for boys and men. This is a commendable crowd funded book for the right cause which is not just feminism. Creating your own identity irrespective of your gender, nationality, caste, background and limitations is as important as well. This one teaches just that.
The book is so well illustrated the kids,both girls and boys, are bound to enjoy it. But it is an equally good read for adults as well. The women talked about in the book are brilliantly curated, and sensitive topics like being a transgender girl have been dealt with very nicely, keeping in mind the understanding of kids. The reason I say the book is good for 7 and above ages is because there can we some concepts of words in the stories which can be hard to explain to kids under that age.
I gave it to my daughter; she devoured it in two days and loved it. I gave it to my girlfriend's daughter; she devoured hers in two days and loved it. Both girls took it to their schools and now everybody wants one. Written with beautiful prose and in a voice that really grabs the attention of the 7-11 set. It is interesting that Aung San Suu Kyi is included now that the Burmese Lady has now seen the back side of the rise to fame; it will be interesting to see what the author and publisher choose to do with future editions.
I feel like I'm holding something historical in my hands. I just read the first story and almost feel like crying. School told me Charles Babbage was the father of the computer. No one said that Ada Lovelace helped him create it.
The illustrations are beautiful. The stories are one page long and simple to read. I've already gifted this to a child and I will keep buying this and gifting this to every child of a relative or friend I have. I'm reading this to my son.
A book to read to every child. Was gifted to us when my child was 5yo and since then we have gifted it to many other kids as well. Almost 100 short 1-2 page inspirational stories that can spark many further questions and conversions with your child. We started early but each time we read this together something new comes up and I am sure we will treasure reading this for many more years to come.
A wonderful collection of stories from across the world; I love the cross-section of professions as well. I have started reading these to my 5 year old daughter - while she does need me to explain some things to her in more detail, she still does enjoy the stories. While some are famous personalities I know, many are new to me that I find refreshing.
I love this book a lot!!! I would like to recommend it to everyone. This book is inspiring and it gives out a lot of information of famous personalities. One of my relatives recommended this book to me. Well, for sure thanks to her!!😀 This book contains many awesome ladies like Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Rani Lakshmi Bai,Helen Keller and many more inspiring women who dared to become something which for sure inspired many more women.Well for some inspiration you can buy this book for sure. I buyed this book by seeing the reviews written, which are pretty much impressive. Love the book!!!!!!❤️❤️