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REVIEW: Chicks Rule! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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Title: Chicks Rule!

Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen | Illustrator: Renée Kurilla

Publisher: Abrams | Published: February 12, 2019

Theme:  Empowerment (Girl)

Character Origin: Animals

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.9 | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.

My overall thoughts…

This book was even better than I imagined. It was on my “must-read” list for a few weeks. After reading it, I felt empowered, encouraged, and proud to be a chick. I love seeing the literary community empower young girls. Their contributions, talents, and effort are equally as important as their male counterparts. Seeing them highlighted here, shows girls that the sky is the limit to what they can do even when an obstacle is in their way. I simply LOVE that! That lesson will be invaluable as they grow up.

The illustrations and text…

Kurilla’s imagery is really lovely. The illustrations are drawn in Photoshop. The colors are lively and bright. The overall color palette is warm and inviting. This book will easily be enjoyed as a read-aloud or as an independent read. The diversity of the chicks was well thought out and demonstrates the amazing things that girls can do. The text is easy to read and flows quite well. This book exceeded my expectations. This is the type of book that should be in school libraries and on your shelves at home. Historically, women and girls were taught to think and be small. However, now is our time to think big and crash that glass ceiling that has held us back.

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REVIEW: Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal

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Title: Dear Girl,

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Illustrator: Holly Hatam

Published: December 26, 2017

Theme:  Empowerment

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.3 | Lexile Measure: 480L

Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and her daughter Paris Rosenthal collaborate to bring you the heartwarming and inspiring Dear Girl,

Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.

Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s great just the way she is—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops.

My thoughts…

This book took my breath away. It gives homage to EVERY young girl. No matter their age, culture, or background this is their story. A story of empowerment, love, and appreciation for who YOU are. I totally applaud this heartfelt letter. This mother/daughter duo poured so much love in every word of this project. This book should be in every young girls’ hand.

The illustrations were beautifully executed. Their simplicity added to the elegance of the text. The prose and illustrations work in tandem to actualize the Dear Girl, message of empowerment and the importance of being “You.” If there is a special young lady in your life, this is the PERFECT gift for her. Whether it is to remind her that she is special or be the first time that she hears it. The Rosenthal’s didn’t forget about the boys. Check out Dear Boy, as boys are special too.

My rating…