Tuesday, July 23

Inspiring Girls: books for 4-7yrs

My personal preferences for books featuring strong and inspiring girls, (that I would pay for and have on our shelves to read over and over again):
  • The girls find their strength from within and do not need to say or do unkind things to get the upper hand.
    (I'm surprised by how many stories rely on that)
  • Lifting up girls does not mean stomping on boys.
  • Beauty is downplayed or irrelevant.
    (Often strong girls are still exceptionally beautiful. Think modern Disney.)
  • A different culture is a bonus.
  • They're looking for something other than romantic love.
  • Ordinary girls, alongside the fantasy stories.

I also don't believe that these are just for girls. Our young boys ought to read about active, creative, and independent girls too. It's just as important.

The age range I've indicated covers what I find age appropriate in content. Reading age has to be an individual thing.


The Apple-pip Princess
A practical princess at least. Small loving actions can change the world. Beautiful illustrations.
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On Meadowview Street
Where's the meadow or view? There's nothing growing in Caroline's front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower, a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all.
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Kate and the Beanstalk
Not only a female protagonist but also a twist in that the child isn't a thief but rather is retrieving stolen property.
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Ladybug Girl
Lulu wants to be entertained by others, but as no one will accommodate her, she needs to create her own entertainment. Encouraging creative thinking and self-reliance.
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Fanny
Fanny and her friends learn that using your imagination and working with your own two hands can result in the best toy of all!
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Isabella: Star of the Story
Isabella turns a library visit into a journey through classic stories. She pretends she's Alice, Peter Pan, and Dorothy. At the end of the day, she's happy being Isabella, the girl with a library card and stack of books.
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Loud Emily
Enough of telling girls to be quiet and 'sweet'. Emily saves the day with her loud voice.
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Me...Jane
The story of a young Jane Goodall and her toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She observes the natural world around her with wonder, and dreams of a life living with and helping all animals. Biographical.
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Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony
Clever little girl that is able to use her wits to outsmart a mischievous troll.
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Miss Rumphius
Tackling one very big question, providing an answer.
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The Samurai's Daughter
The brave daughter of a samurai warrior and her journey to be reunited with her exiled father.
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Mirette on the High Wire
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house. Bravery and focus.
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Mirandy and Brother Wind
Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. She sparkles with energy and determination.
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Trouble with Trolls
An intelligent and quick-thinking female protagonist, who outwits trolls.
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Ruby Nettleship
Ruby and her friends want a place to play, but their playground only has one old swing and a broken slide. Magic always finds its way to Ruby - when she plants her ice lolly stick in the ground, a magnificent playground begins to grow!
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Monday, July 15

recently

i placed her treehouse on the windowsill and now she plays with it again.
location, location,location


Girl

May 7th - Last couple of weeks got into mama with baby role-playing.
May 6th - First beach visit this year. First real beach explore in our new area, as we only ever visited the popular (i.e, loud, brash) Paignton.

After starting to sleep in her own bed last Summer, she's been asking for me to sleep with her. I alternate nights, and crawl out after she's dropped off.

She's infiltrated everyone with her imaginary creature - a Boible (cat-like, faster than a leopard, can pick up houses, eats everything but allergic to stew, some have wings). Her creature is strong, powerful, fearless. A wonderful representation of what she wishes to/knows she can be?

Began trampoline-ing at local leisure centre, but now switched to gymnastics (very easy fun stuff).

I bought goggles to get her to start having her face wet and into the water, in the bath, as a prequel to swimming. She just hates having water on her face. So teeny baby steps still. Trying her in the shower with me so that she gets used to the water splashing her face.

I introduced her to a young version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - she adores it. Now we're reading the whole Narnia Chronicles, lent to us by my neighbour.

Last Thursday, she completed her first year of Steiner Kindergarten. A whole year of school! I find that the school calendar really makes time so prominent that it's difficult not to watch it fleeting.

She's 5 and 1/4 this month.


Me

This Mercury retrograde (in my 2nd House - of tangible things and resources) has seen me lose money (super big as well as small), mysteriously lost an expensive purchase from the shop to my home and my daughter's bathing suit from the beach carpark to our home, had 2 unexpected and complicated bills.