Review sponsored by Amberjack Publishing
The Children’s Book Review | July 5, 2016
Written by McArthur Krishna
Illustrated by Ayeshe Sadr and Ishaan Dasgupta
Hardcover: 34 pages
Age Range: 3-7
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
What to expect: Aspirations, professions, historical figures, female empowerment
Explore the great women of the past and the present in this charming children’s picture book.
All children wonder what it would be like to grow up and be something exciting. From astronauts to archeologists, there is a whole world to explore. This special book looks at famous women in history who took the unexpected route, who did the thing that children dream about doing. The author takes us on a journey with historical and modern-day figures, starting with being a real-life cowgirl. Roping cattle and riding horses were just a part of daily life for eventual Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. Next, we meet the pirate Jacquotte Delahay, a captain who took over an island with hundreds of other pirates in her crew. Take that, Blackbeard!
Other famous women include Marie Curie, Madame CJ Walker, and Gertrude Walker (and quite a few more). Each woman is shown doing what she loved best: science experiments, exploring the desert, presiding as the leader of a country. The illustrations are bright and colorful, stylistically representing these famous figures in child-friendly detail. Historical figures can be a heavy subject, and the cute pictures help make the stories more interesting to younger children. The prose is perfectly executed for child-friendly non-fiction. All children, and especially little girls, will love to see real-life examples of women who did exactly what they wanted. No dream is too big. Mothers also get a well-deserved shout-out for the exciting and important jobs they hold. McArthur asks, “(w)hat has your mother done for you today?”
Highly recommended for all children, though girls will be more likely to appreciate female role models in both traditional and non-traditional roles. The handy appendix at the end of the book gives more historical information about each famous person. What a fun and inspirational book for children and adults! Parents and children will enjoy the book together, and it’s a great jumping-off point to more research as a family activity. Highly recommended.
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About the Author
McArthur Krishna has always been a shape-shifter. She’s been a business-woman, river guide, window-washer, waitress, Forest Service archeologist technician assis- tant, graduate student, backpacker, daughter, sister, vixen, traveler and some day, hope-to-be true companion. She has a good story to tell from all of these adventures.
While she grew up in dancing’ in wild and wonderful West Virginia, McArthur now lives in rural and riotous India on a wild adventure. She vowed to never be bored in her life!
“Now, I write to shift the shape of the world. I hope the stories that bloom from the bliss ride of life are as delightful to read as they have been to create.”
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