Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls – Review
I always considered myself a feminist, but it was becoming a mother to girls that really made me passionate about feminist issues. I feel enraged that my daughters may feel that they they can’t play with certain toys, or enjoy particular activities. They need to know that they can do anything. I think it is important to show them what they can do. They both enjoy stories. Freyja loves the two Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books, whilst Emily is a fan of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. I love the inspirational stories of real women, but these strong, fearless females can often be missing in fairytales. This is not the case for the stories in the Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls.
The Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls features six tales of adventurous girls from around the world, in a beautifully illustrated collection, and is aimed at girls age 4-8. The girls come from different parts of the world, from different cultures, but are all brave and courageous and show young female readers that girls can be the heroes in any story. The six stories include Gretel and Hansel (why do we usually have Hansel’s name first?), Tamasha and the Troll, Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent, Chandra and the Elephants, Sea Girls and the Golden Key and The Snow Queen.
The stories themselves are really well written, but the real beauty of this book is the gorgeous pictures. Each story has been illustrated by one of 6 female illustrated. Both of my girls were really drawn to the pictures when they first saw the book. They really wanted to find out about more about the stories. The illustrations really make this such a beautiful book, and if we didn’t own the book already, I would be buying this for them as a Christmas present.
The book also has an introduction from award-winning author and 2005-2007 Children’s Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson. She writes that the girls in each story are “all such marvellous spirited girls I wish each one could be my best friend”. These heroines may not be real, but they are inspiring. These stories are engaging, enjoyable and most definitely empowering.
If you are looking for a lovely gift for a young girl, you can buy the Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls here.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls for review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. We love this book, and I would have been more than happy to have bought this book for the girls.