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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, & Other Female Villains

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Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of nearly three hundred children's books, including SEA QUEENS; LAST LAUGHS; SNOW, SNOW: WINTER POEMS (Boyds Mills), and THE ROGUES (Philomel). She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of the Americas. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts and Scotland. Heidi E. Y. Stemple is the author of more than a dozen childrens books, several co-authored with her mother, Jane Yolen. Recent titles include PRETTY PRINCESS PIG and NOT ALL PRINCESSES DRESS IN PINK. Heidi lives in western Massachusetts.

Review:

"Mother-daughter collaborators Yolen and Stemple, who previously partnered with Guay on The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, revisit the lives and legendary misdeeds of 26 notorious women in this often witty chronological romp. Jezebel, Salome, Calamity Jane, Mata Hari, and many more get their own brief chapters, complete with punny subtitles ('Delilah: A Mere Snip of a Girl'). The team's tight, droll storytelling maintains a light tone: 'Always conscious of her image, Bonnie asked one kidnapped police officer to tell everyone she did not smoke cigars.... She may have been an outlaw, but she was not a smoker!' Comics sections from Guay end each chapter, showing Yolen and Stemple debating, via Socratic repartee, the guiltiness of each femme fatale, an entertaining if slightly egregious bit of authorial intrusion. If the authors' banter hasn't prompted readers to question the badness of these bad girls, the conclusion directly solicits the consideration: 'Would we still consider these women bad? Or would we consider them victims of bad circumstances?' An extensive bibliography and index wrap up this narrative of nefarious — or not? — women. Ages 10 — 13." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. "Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad"? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?

In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of historys most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girls badness—Heidi as the prosecution, Jane for context.

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Janes strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guays detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580891851
Author:
Yolen, Jane
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing
Author:
Guay, Rebecca
Author:
Stemple, Heidi E. Y.
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Jane Yolen;Heidi E. Y. Stemple;Rebecca Guay;Western Massachusetts;Amherst Massachusetts;Bad Girls;History;biography;reputation;biblical;feminist;equality;murderers;thieves;queens;dictators
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.46 x 0.81 in 1.435 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mother-daughter collaborators Yolen and Stemple, who previously partnered with Guay on The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, revisit the lives and legendary misdeeds of 26 notorious women in this often witty chronological romp. Jezebel, Salome, Calamity Jane, Mata Hari, and many more get their own brief chapters, complete with punny subtitles ('Delilah: A Mere Snip of a Girl'). The team's tight, droll storytelling maintains a light tone: 'Always conscious of her image, Bonnie asked one kidnapped police officer to tell everyone she did not smoke cigars.... She may have been an outlaw, but she was not a smoker!' Comics sections from Guay end each chapter, showing Yolen and Stemple debating, via Socratic repartee, the guiltiness of each femme fatale, an entertaining if slightly egregious bit of authorial intrusion. If the authors' banter hasn't prompted readers to question the badness of these bad girls, the conclusion directly solicits the consideration: 'Would we still consider these women bad? Or would we consider them victims of bad circumstances?' An extensive bibliography and index wrap up this narrative of nefarious — or not? — women. Ages 10 — 13." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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