From Library Journal
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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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“I recommend it for all those who want girls to grow up strong, free bold and kind.”
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