From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5 The best thing about this title is its full-color, attractive photographs of girls from all over the world. Where it falls short is in its text, written to affirm individuality, diversity, and commonality. After saying that girls are unique because they may be tall or short, " dark, light, or some shade in between," " artistic or scientific, reflective or outgoing," the book lists common attributes of females, including being strong, smart, compassionate, curious, and creative. There is little difference between what makes them unique and what binds them together. Each of the seven main chapters then addresses such topics as "Different Ways to Learn," "Religion and Spirituality," and "Sports and Play." Each one contains a few paragraphs again defining what girls are, introduced by such lines as "Girls are innovative" or "Girls are pioneers." Youngsters who have made a difference are also highlighted. Most of the text is written in the third person but on occasion it switches, addressing readers in the second person. Although the authors do have a lot of positive things to say about being female, it is too bad they didn't express it more clearly. Kathleen Staerkel, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. Olateju Omolodun is a poet, an artistic performer, and Director of the Xanadu Arts Education Project of The Global Fund for Children. She is the coeditor, with Maya Ajmera, of XANADU: THE IMAGINARY PLACE. Teju lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sarah Strunk received her bachelor's Degree in Public Policy from Duke University in 1987. She went on to receive her Master of Healthcare Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. Sarah participates in a local big sister program and has been a consultant for The Global Fund for Children. She lives in North Carolina.