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Great Books for Girls: More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345450213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345450210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Odean, a children's librarian and reviewer for School Library Journal, has compiled a guide for parents and educators looking for books "about girls who defy the stereotypes about females in our culture." Her work introduces 600 titles, ranging from picture-story books for toddlers to biographies and novels for adolescents that depict girls and women who are self-sufficient, decisive, and assertive (e.g., Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy, 1964; Jane Goodall's My Life with the Chimpanzees, 1988; Beverly Gherman's Sandra Day O'Connor, 1991). Odean's background as a children's book expert is apparent in her well-crafted, descriptive annotations. She supplies publishing data and age guidelines, comments on illustrations, notes award-winning works, and points out content strengths and weaknesses. The introduction and last chapter provide advice about locating good children's books, reading aloud, etc. Highly recommended for public and school libraries and academic libraries with education and library science programs.?Carol McAllister, Coll. of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
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“I recommend it for all those who want girls to grow up strong, free bold and kind.”
–MARY PIPHER
Author of Reviving Ophelia


“With superb literary taste and an eye for books depicting strong-minded girls and women, [Odean] recommends more than 600 outstanding titles.”
U.S. News & World Report

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I was hoping it had been updated, but no luck.
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This is a true annotated bibliography, with each listing including a short description and recommendations for age or subject interest.
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Kathleen Odean does a wonderful job of providing parents and librarians with a great resource tool.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Louisa the Lemming on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
""My old mother used to say that every little girl should be able to cook, play the piano, sing, and shoot."" So declares dastardly Mr. Grimshaw to orphan Sylvia Green in Joan Aiken's 1960 children's novel THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE. The meek Sylvia "thought of Aunt Jane's very different catalogue of accomplishments for little girls, in which crewel work, purse netting, and making paper doilies took high place, and could not agree with him."

Like Old Mrs. Grimshaw and Aunt Jane, we all have our own opinions. To give a small idea of what editor Kathleen Odean's values were when compiling GREAT BOOKS FOR GIRLS, I will discuss two books, one she excludes, and one she recommends.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery is a famous novel set at the turn of the century on Canada's Prince Edward Island. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help the aging Matthew with the farm work, but get Anne instead. Marilla declares that they must send her back; "What use can she be to us?" "We might be some use to her," is Matthew's reply. Anne's history - of being farmed out as child-care labor to abusive women with drunken husbands - makes Marilla relent. She agrees to keep the girl she has "no use" for and give her a "proper bringing up". Anne proves brilliant as a scholar, and while many parents keep their own children tied to the house or farm, the Cuthberts support Anne's academic ambitions -- despite neighborly criticism.

In the end, Anne earns a full university scholarship, but due to a family crisis postpones her education to work as a schoolteacher. Odeon excludes GREEN GABLES because Anne "sacrifices herself for others" which makes the book's message "a very traditional one".
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2002
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There is a updated version of this book that was published in May 2002. It has more than 200 new titles, and eliminates the out-of-print books. For some inexplicable reason, Amazon makes it hard to fine. If you search for "Odean Girls," then select "More" where it says "Editions," you will get to the new one. It's the same handy guide, but with more recent books.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
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Don't let the "600" scare you. The book list is broken down into: Picture-Story Books, Folktales, Books for Beginning Readers, Books for Middle Readers, Books for Older Readers... and further broken down by Fiction (Mysteries, Historical, Fantasy, Contempory, etc.) and Biographies (Leaders, Scientist, Artists, Sports). Appropriate ages and a very detailed description is listed for every book. It is very easy to find just the kind for book my daughter is looking for.... AND THE BOOKS ARE STILL IN PRINT! For library usage, there is also a section of great out-of-print books. If you are trying to decide between this book, "Great Books for Girls", and "Let's Hear It for the Girls", this is the one to get!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sokste on November 8, 2003
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A lifelong feminist, I usually have clear feelings about things to do with women and girls. But women/girl - only things are not clear cut. Obviously it would be nice if such things were not necessary, if girls self-esteem was not constantly battled against by society etc.., If Ophelia didn't need saving.
But given reality, offsetting influences are still of use. Even so, reading the entries in this book I found myself wanting to ask sometimes: but is it a *good* book?
Many book descriptions included the reasoning for their inclusion (besides positive role models etc..), but some didn't. Regarding those entries, I wanted to know: Is it well-written? Is it content- and flavor- rich, or is it another feeble attempt at PC? In my opinion, books like that are worthless. I wasn't sure I could assume that Odean shared my sentiments about that.
Perhaps the more recent edition is better for that.
In many ways though, this book is great. The explanations of the books are in-depth, all the useful info is included. There are indexes - very compact ones that take up little space. One of my favorite additional things in this book is the section on parent resources - there are many goodies in this section including a list of 4 magazines that librarians use to know what new books are out. Great for keeping up with all that is going on!
All in all a great effort within a very challenging context!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1998
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We bought this book when our daughter was under two and have found it a charming and invaluable resource. Whenever her skills and interests change, it leads us to many wonderful books. We have yet to find a book listed that is not both beautiful and interesting. I only have two quibbles. First, it should be called "Great Books About Girls for Girls and Boys", since boys could use some positive female role models too. Second, I desperately wish it contained similar listings for movies and videos!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
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This is an excellent book as a reference for fiction books for girls. In that respect I would rate it with 10. It is missing descriptions of non-fiction books, however, whereas the boys' version of this book ("600 Great Books for Boys") has substantial non-fiction sections. I think this is a serious flaw, perhaps even sexist. Hopefully this will be rectified in the next edition.
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