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Message too subtle for recommended age range
on December 2, 2016
The illustrations are fabulous, showing diverse girls being strong, brave, curious, adventurous, smart, etc. Combined with text such as "Beautiful girls know all about makeup," (showing a group of girls dressed up as pirates, with face paint), the book is supposed to break down these sorts of stereotypes that we may associate with what is expected of girls. However, the text, read at face value, only instills these stereotypes in young girls (age 3-8, the recommended age range), many of whom in this day and age have probably not even heard them yet and aren't aware enough of the subtle message that the illustrations are trying to convey. Kids that young are way too literal. My nine-year-old flipped through it and asked, "Mom, why does the book say you have to do all these things to be beautiful?" I had to explain to her that the author's point was to turn the stereotypical messages on their head. She ended up "rewriting" the book with her own captions on sticky notes, such as "All girls have their own style." It was way better after her edits. We give it two stars because the illustrations are so good and it ended up being a great teaching tool, however inadvertently.