“These bedtime stories trade princesses for women who changed the world.” – Taylor Pittman, The Huffington Post
Book: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Authors: Elena Favilli &Francesca Cavallo
Format: Hardcover Book
Availability: Online and Leading Book Stores
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was published in December 2016. The book has been written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. The book also has a part 2 which was published in June 2017. Both the books were crowdfunded on Kickstarter and went on to break all the records. Since the time the book has been published, it has sold more than a million copies and is translated into 47 languages.
I had not read any of them till now. I waited for my daughter to be old enough so that she could appreciate the book and the stories of the many women mentioned. This year on her 7th birthday, we gifted her part 1 of the series and this was undoubtedly the best gift she got. The book has become her favourite and is often seen on her bedside table.
If you don’t know what is in the book, well this is for you!
The book contains one-page stories along with illustrations of 100 women. These tales are of extraordinary women, who defied the odds and became what they are. Each story of a woman has a quote from her, a subject and a full-page portrait. The story is one page, briefly written in very simple words which tell about the woman, her background and her extraordinary deed. The illustrations have been done by 60 female artists all across the world. Each illustration is colourful, bold and attractive for their reader. The book itself is beautiful with smooth matte finish lamination, heavy paper with the fine print quality along with illustrations and a satin bookmark.
So who is in the book!
The book has stories of mathematicians, ballerinas, astronomers, astronauts, tennis players, doctors, scientists, activists, writers, gymnasts and like who have extraordinary tales. Some of these women are Malala Yousafazai, Serena and Venus Williams, Mary Kon, Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo, Lakshmi Bai and Margaret Thatcher. My daughter’s personal favourite is Mae C. Jemison, an Astronaut and a Doctor.
When you finish reading the book there is a page where your daughter can pen down her own story and draw her portrait. Isn’t that lovely! After reading such interesting tales there is a page dedicated to your dreams as well. My daughter and I love reading the stories of these extraordinary women. I strongly recommend that you get one for your child irrespective of the gender.
As the authors aptly put it, ” When you hold the book, you can feel hope and enthusiasm for a world where gender will not define how big you can dream and how far you can go. A world where each one of us will be able to say with confidence: I am free.”
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