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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Kindle Edition
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"This amazing book shows young girls they can be anything they want." -- Melinda Gates
"When I want to impart the message to my daughter that she can aspire to anything, be whoever she needs to be, the opinions of others be damned, this book becomes an inspiration.", The Guardian
"The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel.", BBC News
"A welcome reminder to girls that nothing stands in their way - except a lack of self-belief. This book started as a crowd-funded project and has become a best-seller which is the best news of the year.", Daily Mail
"Elegant, colourful... and captivatingly told... In an ideal world, not only would mothers read this aloud to daughters, but teachers would read it to schoolboys.", Sunday Times
"Featuring spies, pirates, astronauts, activists, scientists, writers, sports stars and more, many of the stories are so thrilling and uplifting your child's heart may beat a little faster, her mind racing with possibilities. If she leaps out of bed to get to work, blame the authors.", The Guardian
"A must-have for the nightstand of every girl or young woman you know.", Forbes
"Modern and fundamentally feminist, this riot grrrl reinvention of the fairytale is so inspiring adults are also reading it in droves.", i Newspaper
"You have to buy it for the little ones in your lives, but you also need a copy for your grown-up bookshelf... There is serious girl power between the covers of this book.", Bustle --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Elena Favilli (Author)
Elena Favilli is a media entrepreneur and a journalist. She has worked for Colors magazine, McSweeney's, RAI, Il Post, and La Repubblica, and has managed digital newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, she created the first iPad magazine for children, Timbuktu magazine. She is the founder and CEO of Timbuktu Labs.
Francesca Cavallo (Author)
Francesca Cavallo is a writer and theatre director. Her award-winning plays have been staged all across Europe. A passionate social innovator, Francesca is the founder of Sferracavalli, an International Festival of Sustainable Imagination in Southern Italy. In 2011, Francesca joined forces with Elena Favilli to found Timbuktu Labs, where she serves as Creative Director.
- File size : 85289 KB
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- ASIN : B01MZ9ARCZ
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Print length : 220 pages
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (2 March 2017)
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,760 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thank you for this new book you got for me, Goodnight stories for rebel girls. How am I ever going to get through it? You normally get me dolls, toys and dresses on my birthday! Why didn't you get me a dress? I don't like reading! On second thought, maybe i should try it. The pages are quite nice and there seem to be a lot of photos so maybe i'll read it fast.
It's been a week since I got this book. It seems pretty neat. And not just the photos! Just got introduced to Ada Lovelace. She seems like a Kamala aunty in 1850 London. She likes mathematics mama! Did they teach maths to girls back then? I even went to the internet to search about her. Supposedly she wrote the first program for that Charles Babbage machine that we all use, the computer. (Doesn't papa also do the same these days?). I hate my maths teacher, but maybe i should get through those classes if I want to be like her.
I've been reading this book on and off. Each story is so different! I'll tell you about my favorite one so far. Amelia Earhart. She seems to be straight out of a movie! You know all those action movies that you and papa watch, with the pilots flying into an adventure? I thought you need to be big and strong to fly, but Amelia looks quite cute.
Just finished this book. Thanks so much for buying it. No more dolls for me. I want to be like Rita Levi. She studied the brain you know, and even got a nobel prize for it. So brainy. I'm sure she didn't play with dolls when she was young! Never mind heroes, I think I've found my real life heroine.
PS: Also, buy me more books... if they are like this, i'm sure i'll love them.
Today, I'm writing about one such book which I recently came across. The title of the book was appealing enough for me to pick it up for my little Z. What I didn't know was that the stories in the book will touch my heart as much as they inspire my daughter. The book is called Goodnight stories for Rebel girls. It's written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. It has illustrations by 60 female artists from across the globe.
I made Z pick up her abosolute favorites and she did give me a long list after a lot of drama, according to her, "how can I pick only a few. I love all the stories." Anyway, her favorites include Margaret Hamilton, Brenda Chapman, Ann Makosinski, Coy Mathis, Maria Montessori, Jane Austen, Cleopatra, Julia Child, Simone Billes, Ashley Fiolek, Nelly Bly and Malala Yousafzai. I can't blame her for picking so many of them. The length of the stories, the illustrations, the narrative, everything is perfect.
We have read these stories once and we are reading it once again... I know it definitely isn't the last time she is (sorry we are) reading it. I love the message in the beginning of the the book as well; "To the rebel girls of the world: Dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and when in doubt, remember you are right."
I wish I had Goodnight stories for rebel girls, when I was a little girl.
The illustrations are beautiful. The stories are one page long and simple to read. I've already gifted this to a child and I will keep buying this and gifting this to every child of a relative or friend I have. I'm reading this to my son.
This is an excellent and meaningful gift.
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I was initially sceptical about the title, which to me seems a complete contradiction of what the authors are trying to achieve!! These are meant to be inspirational women who are meant to inspire and have the respect of the next generation of women and men. Being a ‘rebel’ has implications of being naughty! I don’t want my son to think that for a woman to succeed she has to be a rebel. This isn’t even the case for many of the women in the stories, many of whom got to where they were through ambition, determination and by working really hard. These are not ‘rebellious’ qualities in my view. I went ahead with the purchase despite this as I took the view that my son is young enough to not yet grasp the ‘rebel’ concept. The title would, however, put me off buying the book as a gift for an older child.
Moving on to the content, when we opened the book the first story we happened to see was that of Coy Mathis, a transgender girl. This book attempts to simplify and explain in childlike language each person’s story. I was shocked and appalled to see this one. The first line is “Once upon a time a boy named Coy was born. Coy loved dresses, the colour pink, and shiny shoes”. Two sentences later Coy asks his mum “When are we going to the doctor to have me fixed into a girl-girl?”. The story then has the doctor explaining about Coy being transgender, the parents winning a court case allowing Coy to use a girls’ bathroom at school and celebrating with “a big party... pink cake...and Coy wore a sparkly pink dress and beautiful pink shoes”. What?!!!!!! So from my 3 year old boy’s simple perspective what he learns from this story is that if you like pink and sparkly things that means you’re really a girl!!! Appalling stereotyping. This story made me furious. I’ve spent the last 3 years making every effort to avoid my son thinking that certain toys, clothes and colours are only for girls or only for boys. This story undoes that in one page as well as throwing further confusion into the mix by suggesting that if a boy likes pink and dresses the doctor will change him into a girl!! This is NOT an appropriate way to describe to a child what it means to be transgender!!
It’s such a shame as I love the concept behind this book, but I’m shocked at how poorly judged it is. It is now hidden away in a drawer and I will not be reading it to my children again.
The book design and pictures are very good! I have only good things to say about the graphics and pictures. But the English is poor in the writing. Having one page to e.g describe Florence Nightingale written in poor English i.e it does not praise the person and celebrate their achievements well enough. I could write:- e.g J.B, She was born poor and sold mangoes and became a famous mango seller. Well, first, there is nothing interesting and nothing to inspire in this.
This is no doubt a good idea. The pictures are great. The design is great. They should have found someone who writes better to write it!