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Girls Hold Up This World (Step into reading. A step 2 book) Hardcover – January 1, 2005

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Grade 1-3–Smith celebrates the inner strength of women and girls in this short photo-essay with a rhyming text ("We girls hold up this world with a strength that's all our own./We'll see the different ways one day when we are grown." Kennedy-McCullough's full-page, glossy color photographs of girls and women engaged in a variety of activities are excellent. Unfortunately, they are overpowered by the heavy-handed message and occasional non sequiturs and forced rhymes ("We girls hold up this world as we build our self-esteem. We know that discipline will turn a princess into a queen."). The attractive layout with lots of pastel backgrounds is easy on the eye and will appeal to youngsters. Nevertheless, this book is an additional purchase.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Step into reading. A step 2 book
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439087937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439087933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dawn Matheson on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"We are sisters of this Earth-members of one powerful tribe. Every color, age, and size, we're united by beauty inside." With girls comparing everything about themselves to others - and often forced to take a back seat to boys - books like this one are a treat. Author Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates women's diversity as well as our unity. We are magnificent, the author seems to be saying, each and every one of us. It's a thoroughly inclusive book; women and girls of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are lovingly photographed here. Delightful photographs illuminate the author's lovely, lyrical poem and show the many faces of girlish and womanly beauty. The effervescence of one cartwheel-performing child is simply delightful.

This is a book about warmth, caring, love, and the strength we get from female friends and family members. It's perfect for mothers and daughters to read together, and for girlfriends to share.

But it's not just a feel-good book. Feeling good about ourselves also takes effort: "We girls hold up this world as we build our self-esteem. We know that discipline will turn a princess into a queen."

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I was extremely excited to order Jada Pinkett-Smith's new book for my 3-year old daughter. I read the book to her, happily pointing out all the beautiful young women and sharing the uplifting messages. However, one thing was missing....there weren't any young girls with dark complexions. My daughter is a chocolate brown color, and there was no girl in the book that shared her color... one was close. Our race is made up of a variety of hues; however, this really wasn't depicted in the book. I know it may seem a bit insignificant to some for me to comment on this, but unfortunately, it is still an issue in our society, especially our race.

I do like the book because it features our girls so well; however, I wish it would've had more of our chocolate colored girls. They need to know that they are beautiful too.
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I was very disappointed in this book. My little one asked me why were there not any dark girls in it? I told her I did not know why. But being an a dark skinned black woman, I know why. Yes, you better believe small children take note of this disparity in our race.
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Jada Pinkett-Smith is a terrific role model for girls. She is accomplished in her professional and personal life. Her book is another testimony to her great attitude for girls to follow. Any book that aims to help girls feel better about themselves and to stand up for themselves is commendable.
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I found this book to be pretty good indeed, Nothing like a book to make one feel worth while, a truly feel good about yourself book, I would recommend this book to many females that just don`t have the self esteem that they should have, FOR WE ARE ALL WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

A recommendation from my point of view:

Poetry that holds, Stories untold,

Another wonderful book, that I would recommend to any and everyone!
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The reveiwer who couldn't get beyond photographic technical issues (of which there are none) missed the whole purpose of the book: we "girls" must hold each other up as we hold up the world." The poem would have been swallowed up and ignored if there were slick, Madison Avenue, glossy (and seemingly staged) photographs. There is nothing that will help more in building and fostering self-esteem than little girls seeing reflections that resemble them. It's just a wonderful book to give to the mother of the newly-born baby girl...or the Diva girlfriend who has just finished her Master's program.
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By J. Vann on April 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
this book is a book everyone who has a daughter, niece, granddaughter, cousin..or even know a young girl or child should own. i would definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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A Perfect Book For My Growing Daughter: I am always looking for books that will assist me in encouraging my daughter to be a strong individual. It is important that she is confident and mindful of others. This book delivers it all for me.

I even purchase this book as a gift for my girlfriend's daughter.
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