WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Book of Heroines by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
ABOUT THE BOOK
Everybody needs a role model! Discover true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday girls who changed the world. From Sacagawea to Mother Teresa, Annie Oakley to Malala Yousafzai, these famous females hiked up their pants and petticoats or charged full-speed ahead to prove that girls are just as tough as boys...maybe even tougher. Complete with amazing images and a fun design, this is the book that every kid with a goal, hope, or dream will want to own.
In this era of political discord and social upheaval, it's more important than ever to have mentors and heroes/heroines. Of course, there isn't going to be agreement on whose a hero/ine or who isn't, but this book presents brief (one or two pages) biographies of women who left their mark on the world. The book is divided into sections according to the following categories: Leading Ladies (female leaders on the world stage), Gritty Girls (sports), Heroines on the Job, Legendary Ladies (mythological women), Daring Dames (exploration and discovery), Peace Heroines (social justice), Ladies in Lab Coats, Outstanding Animals. There are also sidebars about Daring Dudes, men who've left their mark on the world. Whether you agree with all the choices in terms of heroism or not, the book is a fascinating account of women (and a few men) who've changed the world, for better or worse (mostly for the better). Cleopatra? Not sure on that one. I found the book to be beautifully designed with colorful pages, gorgeous photographs and paintings, and sections short enough to make this a good browsing book. This is the kind of book that can inspire young people to step up and make a difference.