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review 2020-06-01 08:43
Dear Girl
Dear Girl - Aija Mayrock

I wrote to find the answers,
I found myself.

Dear girl is a collection of short poems on female empowerment by a young new poet. This is her first collection, and as such it is dealing with very urgent and important matters. It is a part of a stream of feminist poetry for girls, which I can only applaud. However, the poems were rather simple at times and I thought they could have been better if they had been a bit more subtle at times. Part of poetry for me is not only the message but also the beautiful phrasing of things, and the latter was a bit missing in some of poems.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-02-14 17:32
Dear Girl,
Dear Girl, - Amy Krouse Rosenthal,Paris Rosenthal,Holly Hatam
Girl Power! I think every girl needs to read this children’s book. What an uplifting and wonderful novel celebrating us females! I can’t begin to express how enlightening and empowering this novel is. I am definitely going to be buying a few copies of this novel and sharing them.
This novel is basically made up of an assortment of two-page spread entries which begin with “Dear Girl,” and tell the female reader that they are okay, they are special, they are unique and loved. My heart was bursting after my first reading. I immediately had to reread it as it hit on so many different strings that girls address as they are growing up, that now, on my second time through, I stopped and really enjoyed each and every page of the novel. Girls, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to be alone, it’s okay to ask all kinds of questions, to say no and it’s okay to dress different. I loved the illustration of the girl; her simple style went well with the novel. I enjoyed the illustrations and I liked how they didn’t overtake the novel’s objective. I
really liked the pages that said, “Dear Girl, You won’t be invited to every single party on the planet. (Which is really okay- can you image how exhausting that would be?).” This page hit home with me, this page covers many topics that individuals face with growing up. I can’t tell you how many times as a substitute teacher I have had to deal with issues of girls not being accepted by their peers. It hurts to see this happen but like the other pages in this novel, it tells girls that it is okay. This novel tells girls that it is also okay to find people that are different, people that are not like them. As a parent, these pages speak volumes. This is a wonderful, fantastic children’s book! I highly recommend checking it out and perhaps buying a few copies: one for your own child, one for your teacher or giving one away as we all know, we should empower others.


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review 2017-08-19 22:06
“I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016.
Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace - Bana Alabed

At the time that Yugoslavia collapsed, and Sarajevo was under siege, we were dependent on journalists to inform the world of the atrocities being carried out. These days, with Facebook, Twitter and the gamut of social media, we really have no excuse to claim that we are ignorant. It leaves me shamed and speechless to realise that it took a seven year old girl to alert the world to the recent situation in Aleppo.


Bana Alabed has written a revealing account of life in Aleppo, starting before the siege and then detailing the awful situation her family found themselves in. Inserts from her mother (an English teacher), provide another view-point and some background to supplement Bana's narrative.

Her family was reasonably well off, so they had the luxury of solar panels to power Ipads and telephones and Bana was able to send out Tweets, alerting her followers, of the building tensions and destruction surrounding her and her family. Eventually the authorities became wise to her activities and she, herself, became a target for the regime.


In spite of defamatory trolls and on-line rebuttals, denying the source of the Tweets, it has been proven that she was in the places she claims and in a position to send out the messages.  A seven year old was truly keeping the world informed.

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review 2014-07-11 22:45
Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl
Dear Katie, the Volcano Is a Girl - Jean Craighead George,Daniel Powers

written by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Daniel Powers


Most of the illustrations in this book deserve more than one star, but I'm not willing to go up because I hated the story so much.


It's informative, but why on earth are the two characters haole? I'm not here for a haole kid to go around telling me the story of Pele, thanks. George could have at least made the granddaughter Hawaiian.

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text 2013-11-02 03:49
Book 4 of 3. What?
A Dear Little Girl's Summer Holidays - Amy Ella Blanchard
A Dear Little Girl at School - Amy Ella Blanchard
A Dear Little Girl - Amy Ella, 1856-1926 Blanchard
A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays - Amy Ella Blanchard
Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet - Jane O'Connor,Robin Preiss Glasser,Lyn Fletcher,Beth Drainville
Turkey Monster Thanksgiving - Anne Warren Smith

I saw Midnight Reader's post about the Christmas books she's going to read. Since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I thought I'd find some Thanksgiving reads for myself. I searched "Thanksgiving" on Amazon and found "A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays." Imagine my surprised when I read:


"This is book 4 of 3 in A Dear Little Girl series. It is preceded by . . . ."


That's a pretty neat trick, being number four of three books! I managed to track down book 1, "A Dear Little Girl." The books aren't long, so I'll read the first three before I get to number four.


Of course I'll read Thanksgiving books with my students and I also found a couple fun books at the library that are for older children (that would be me!)

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