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Publisher Comments:

It's no secret that little girls love playing dress up, but the little girl in this book ditches her princess duds in favor of costumes inspired by great women in history.

Now dressing up is an adventure

When, every day of the week,

I am a daring new dame!

From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to chef extraordinaire Julia Child to queen of jazz Ella Fitzgerald, our protagonist pays homage to the women who came before her and imagines herself in their shoes. Maybe someday she'll inspire little girls with her own gown of greatness.

Review:

"Alko's empowering message is evident from the outset: 'I used to only play princess,' says a girl seen reading on her bed with her mother, 'until Mommy showed me pictures and told me stories of real, great women.' Taking aim at princess role models of the Disney variety (who readers will easily recognize on the posters in the girl's bedroom, Alko (I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother) offers some replacement heroines — from real life — as the girl plays dress-up. On Monday, she's Amelia Earhart with goggles and a cardboard plane; on later days, she glams it up as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Julia Child, and Frida Kahlo (complete with a 'thick black brow' on her forehead); the inclusion of Ella Fitzgerald and ballerina Maria Tallchief reminds readers that singing and dancing aren't verboten. Reminiscent of 2010's My Name Is Not Isabella, it's a well-meaning, if perhaps overly earnest reminder of girls' potential, something Alko's protagonist is well aware of: 'hen I'm older, I hope to have my own outstanding outfit, so that little girls will sport costumes of me!' Ages 5 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

SELINA ALKO is the acclaimed author-illustrator of I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother and B Is for Brooklyn, and the illustrator of the beloved My Subway Ride and My Taxi Ride. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375860928
Author:
Alko, Selina
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.33 x 8.31 x 0.34 in 0.715 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

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Product details 32 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375860928 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alko's empowering message is evident from the outset: 'I used to only play princess,' says a girl seen reading on her bed with her mother, 'until Mommy showed me pictures and told me stories of real, great women.' Taking aim at princess role models of the Disney variety (who readers will easily recognize on the posters in the girl's bedroom, Alko (I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother) offers some replacement heroines — from real life — as the girl plays dress-up. On Monday, she's Amelia Earhart with goggles and a cardboard plane; on later days, she glams it up as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Julia Child, and Frida Kahlo (complete with a 'thick black brow' on her forehead); the inclusion of Ella Fitzgerald and ballerina Maria Tallchief reminds readers that singing and dancing aren't verboten. Reminiscent of 2010's My Name Is Not Isabella, it's a well-meaning, if perhaps overly earnest reminder of girls' potential, something Alko's protagonist is well aware of: 'hen I'm older, I hope to have my own outstanding outfit, so that little girls will sport costumes of me!' Ages 5 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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