March 8th is International Women’s Day; and March is of course Women’s History Month here in the US. With that in mind I bring you one book I read a couple of months ago but failed to review it then due to the Cybils readathon. It is the third Good Night Stories book, each one as wonderful as this one: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World by Elena Favilli.
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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls
100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World
Title: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World
Author: Elena Favilli
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction/Biographies (6 years and up)
Publisher: Rebel Girls (October 13th 2020)
Source: NetGalley /My Library
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children.
Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.
All of these unique, yet relatable stories are accompanied by gorgeous, full-page, full-color portraits, illustrated by female artists from all over the globe.
Once upon a time or Once there was a is how all wonderful tales begin, and each of the stories in this book is certainly wonderful. Each one also begins the way those other wondrous stories do – with Once……
This book, as the title says, tells the stories of 100 immigrant women; all of these women changed the world, each in their own way. Each story follows a standard format; a mini-biography focusing on the change she brought about, her immigration route (in one line), and a quote. This is accompanied by a portrait of the featured woman by a female artist.
What I Loved About It
- It includes both well-known and lesser-known girls and women from around the world (well, that around-the-world thing is kind of obvious from the book’s title). In fact, I only knew a small number of the 100 featured in this book, so I certainly learned a lot; and was inspired by many.
- The book talks about a wide range of fields; the arts, sports, entertainment, STE(A)M fields, politics, and various other professions. This will certainly inspire and interest readers to learn more about those fields/professions.
- The featured women not only span regions across the world, but also time. Some of them are historical figures while others are more contemporary; and many are girls and women actively pursuing their passions today.
- Of course, the mini-bios are an excellent way to introduce young audiences to many inspiring people. I love how the authors not included dreams and achievements , but also struggles and hardships. Both are done in an age-appropriate way without over-simplifying the narrative.
- Last, but not the least, the portraits!! They are gorgeous, stunning, and as variedly beautiful and unique as the artists behind them!! The 100 portraits are painted by seventy different artists; women and people of marginalized gender – as the book mentions in its listing of the illustrators.
- I know I said, last, but overall, this book lends itself to discussions because of its very nature. It is sure to ignite curiosity not just about the featured women, but also their professions, their countries (where they came from and moved to), the artists, and more.
- And backmatter includes a helpful glossary of words that might need more explaining to its younger readers, as well as a listing of the illustrators. There is also a short ‘About the Author’ and an acknowledgements section.
What Might Make It Even Better
- While I understand that it is hard to include lots of information in mini-bios, some of them felt abrupt in their narrative. It was like something was obviously missing in some of them, and I had to re-read it to make sure. On the other hand, I only noticed this issue in a very few of the 100.
- It would have been cool if the book included immigrants to more countries (or spread a little more evenly across included countries)
- The title can say Good Night Stories for Rebels, instead of Rebel Girls! So not truly a grievance but just saying that everyone needs to read this!!
A must-read collection that is sure to inspire, intrigue, and incite interesting conversations!! For all ages (not just the suggested range)
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- Review of The Cat I Never Named : A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
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- 6 Great Reads About Super Women
- Beautiful Shades of Brown: A Review
- 5 Wonderful & Inspiring Nonfiction Girl Power Books
- 10 Great Books for International Day of the Girl Child
- 25 Wonderful Books for Women’s History Month
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Dear reader, have you read this book? Or any of the other books in this series for Rebel Girls? Do let me know your thoughts on them and any similar recommendations you might have. Do check out my other recommendations as well!