My daughters and I enjoyed this book. Having two daughters, I always tell them they can be anything they want to be, and this book was a great example of girl power. There is a twist though. Yes, you can celebrate being a girl and be proud and girls can do anything boys can do. But what about bragging or boasting? The story starts out with Gertie wanting a go-cart. Her brother thinks girls shouldn't race and can't win, so he wants to also race so he can prove girls can't race and girls can't win against boys. That doesn't work out so well for him. In the end, a family is what matters and should stick together, no matter what. This book teaches kids to think of others, work as a team, be proud of each other and support each other. And yes, girls can do anything boys can do, but also need to be supportive and not brag. We received an ebook of this book from the author and we are very pleased with the story. We are voluntarily sharing our review because we really like this book and we think other families will enjoy this book. It is a little bit of a longer story, so we would say children around ages 5-10 would enjoy this book. Jessica D. Adams, Author
About the Author
Award-winning children's author, Cindy L. Shirley grew up in a small town in Cherokee County Georgia. She is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one amazing granddaughter. She loves working with children and has tons of hilarious stories to share. Cindy says, "So many heartfelt conversations, and silly experiences took place during my time working as an Cobb County elementary school ASP teacher. Kids just want to feel acknowledged and share their day with someone." It was during this time that she decided to pursue a business in entertaining children. Mrs. Shirley founded Let's Pretend Parties in 2006 and Let's Pretend Publishing in 2017. She continues to work with children of all ages as a party planner and hostess. Ms. Shirley is also involved with annual community and family events throughout Cobb and Cherokee Counties. This adventure, along with personal experiences, would be the basis for her heartwarming children's books: "Diesel the Body Guard; No Bullies Allowed! Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float, and her new series, The Fabulous life of Minnie the Sassy Chick." These stories are based on real characters from her family, as well as her childhood experiences. Her creative and fun-filled storylines were written to bring a smile to children's faces. She says, "I will consider this new adventure as an author to be a huge success if I can make children laugh."