- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: Megan Tingley; 1 edition (April 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316179523
- ISBN-13: 978-0316179522
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Girls' Guide to Life: How to Take Charge of the Issues That Affect You Paperback – April, 1997
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Gr. 5-8. The black-and-white photos are fuzzy and the sketches amateurish, but this jumble of poetry, advice, information, and first-person experience is an accessible, refreshingly nonstrident means of introducing young women to feminist issues of today. Self-esteem, political awareness, cultural stereotypes, and sexual harassment are but a few of the matters presented, all of which are fortified with suggestions for actively involving readers in expanding their horizons in school, at work, and at home or helping them learn more about themselves as individuals. Eclectic lists of readings and relevant addresses are featured, and there is a bibliography aimed at adults. Source notes; some fill-in-the-blank sections; a pullout poster. Stephanie Zvirin
From Kirkus Reviews
A fact-packed and thought-provoking information and activity book from Dee, who notes that she grew up with Marlo Thomas's groundbreaking Free to Be You . . . and Me. With her definition of a feminist (a person ``of either gender who believes in equality for both genders''), Dee establishes her notions of the struggle for equality, and provides enthusiastic support for girls in many arenas. Some topics covered: being ``ladylike''; personal safety; assertive behavior in the classroom; sexual harassment; athletics and politics; advertising images of girls and women. The format is inviting, with quizzes, projects, cartoons, poetry, and excerpts from authors--Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem among them. Extensive source material is appended (notes, lists of organizations, bibliographies) as well as meted out at logical intervals throughout the book. The attractive chapters, numerous black-and-white illustrations and photographs, and abundant information offered with Dee's light touch add up to a pleasing and valuable guide, not necessarily to be overlooked by members of either sex. (index, not seen, chronology, notes) (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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I was pleasantly surprised that she thought it was just fine to share her opinions with boys and not be afraid of what they might think. She said she had hoped they would like and respect her for her opinion but many times that was not what happened and she was considering changing her ways. She thought she was doing it all wrong but the book was confirming her thoughts and she liked that a lot! This opened some good dialogue between us so I could share my feelings and experiences with her and let her know that I agreed with the book. Had it not been for this book, we may not have had that conversation for some time (or maybe not at all), and she may have decided to lean toward being more of a follower than the little leader she seems to be growing into.
An added plus is that, so far, I agree with everything I've read, and when I can say something and she can then read it in a book, that gives more credence to what I've said. Sometimes reading it in a book makes it more real than if a parent says it!
--Carol Weston, author of GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You and FOR GIRLS ONLY
The celebratory nature of this book encourages participation. Catherine Dee's writing style is fresh and playful and she has a unique way of explaining life-changing issues like self-esteem and the role it plays in a woman's life.
I struggled with my own self-esteem for over thirty years and had to deal with everything from immature people making fun of my body to cruel sarcasm meant to disempower me. I had friends who were anorexic but I had no idea how serious it was. It wasn't until a guy friend encouraged me to address my self-esteem issues, that I truly started to blossom into who I am today and still I have moments where sentences from the past will arise to haunt me.
This book is essential reading for young girls because it will not only alert them to pertinent issues, it will save them years of heartache from low self-esteem and negative choices, not to mention having to deal with a negative body image due to the media's insistence on displaying unrealistic and enhanced images.
There are helpful topics that have practical applications. Girls can read about how to start a journal and can also find book recommendations like "The Diary of Anne Frank." There are many lists of books that will be of interest to women of all ages.
"The Story of Cinderella" had me laughing out loud and the "Phone Tree" idea is quite brilliant. Catherine Dee has really been paying attention to the main issues girls have to deal with as they "Grow up Female." This is a beautiful celebration of progress, empowerment and basically "respect for women." There are also self-defense tips and ideas for safe dating.
I loved the ideas about rock climbing and I think it is almost a metaphor for how women must face the challenges in their life and overcome not only their fears, but develop the confidence to scale the walls built by society. I once viewed a woman dancing across rocks and I thought it was one of the most beautiful images of the balance between securing your position in life and taking chances.
~The Rebecca Review
Has climbed rocks in Africa and sailed in a storm...