Sucharita Sengupta
GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS: 100 TALES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Particular Books (Imprint of Penguin Books), 2017, 212 pp., 799
November 2017, volume 41, No 11

Would you like your little girls to turn out into confident women who can be themselves in a misogynistic world? Then this book is for you. Would you like your little boys to turn into caring men who respect women and their freedoms in a world of toxic masculinity? Would you like your child to achieve irrespective of gendered expectations? Then this book is also for you. Are you a thinking adult who wishes they had read about independent women who overcame odds when you were a kid? Then too this book is for you. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls  documents the lives of hundred iconic women from all over the world. From Ada Lovelace to Wangari Maathai, Queen Elizabeth I to Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, Jane Austen and Miriam Makeba, Hypatia, Julia Child, Zaha Hadid and Malala Yusufzai, the list is awe-inspiring. Dedicated to each of these achievers is a full page of their life story, told in a language easily read and comprehended by small children, making it a piece of cake for both parents to read it out loud, or for children to read it on their own. Each story is accompanied by a beautiful, colourful illustrated portrait, with a powerful quotation by the ladies on the page.

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