Tuesday, 1 September 2015

I'm a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail

My nieces and nephews know from the day they are born, that they will, without fail, get books for every birthday and Christmas from Aunty Brona.

Today I found one of the books to give my youngest niece when she turns five next month.

I'm a Girl hits all the right spots as far as diversity, girl power, non-gender bias and positive self-image goes. And it's also a lot of fun!

Ismail has created a fun-loving girl who likes to be active, noisy and play in mud, all the while wearing her favourite T and shorts with matching necklace! Ismail's illustrations also perfectly match her protagonists energetic and vibrant nature.

She constantly has to declare "I'm a girl, I'm a girl, I'm a girl" when people mistake her for a boy. She refuses to be restricted by other peoples expectations or stereotypes.

But this is not a heavy-handed issues book.

I'm a Girl is a celebration from start to finish.

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