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Positive role model for 5 year old girls?

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Initial post: 16 May 2011 10:46:31 BDT
M. A. Joseph says:
So many of my daughters books are about clever princes winning the hearts of princesses - surely there are some more positive role models for girls aged 5 - can anyone help? I have found Amy Schwartz Bea and Mr Jones which she absolutely loves, but anything else?

Posted on 16 May 2011 12:32:34 BDT
Sm Drew says:
The Wrestling Princess by Judy Corvalis
Sandy Toksvig's Girls are Best
Cornelia Funke (the princess knight, pirate girl, igraine the brave, inkheart etc)
Cressida Cowell
Princess POlly to the rescue by mary lister
the farthest away mountain by lynne reid banks
Clover twig series by Kaye umansky
The practical princess by jay williams
Clever Gretchen and other forgotten folktales by Alison Lurie
Scarlet silver series by sarah mcconnell and lucy courtney
Necklace of raindrops by joan aiken

When she is older -Lily Quench series
Tamora Pierce
julia Golding

Posted on 16 May 2011 12:41:46 BDT
Sm Drew says:
The ordinary princess by Mary Kaye
The secret world of polly flint -Helen cresswell
Clever polly and the stupid wolf-catherine storr
The firework makers daughter-Phillip Pullman and when she is older- Count Karlstein and the Northern Lights trilogy

Enchanted forest chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede- 4 books there (probably in a year or two)
My 5 (almost 6) year old has just got into Doctor Who and she is reading the Quick Reads atm.

Posted on 16 May 2011 14:20:09 BDT
Colin says:
I read First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts to my daughter when she was 6. It is meant for slightly older kids but she loved it. The heroine is about 10 and lives in contemporary Scotland but has adventures with mythical beasts. We have since been dragged on holiday to all the locations such as Edinburgh, Orkney and Skye and had a lovely time.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2011 14:47:39 BDT
M. A. Joseph says:
we are off to Skye next year so a really topical response, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2011 14:51:03 BDT
M. A. Joseph says:
Thank you for such a generous list, I'm buying as we speak!

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 23:36:48 BDT
Daisy Drama Club and The Ghost Burglars You could try this ... inspired by my own daughter who set up a drama club with her best friend. We ended up putting on about ten plays in our village hall and even went on tour ...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 21:26:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2011 21:45:24 GMT
LEP says:
Dick King Smith's Sophie books
Mrs Pepperpot stories - Alf Proysen
Milly Molly Mandy stories - Joyce Lankester Brisley

Posted on 31 Oct 2011 17:35:27 GMT
Julia says:
Lots of favourites have already been suggested - I would particularly support Catherine Storr's "Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf" which is outstanding. Have you tried the Laura Ingalls Wilder books? Don't be put off by the (truly terrible) television series which was nothing in any way like the books. I've been reading them aloud to my two (boy and girl) and they LOVE them. Laura both as child and in the later books as teenager is intelligent, resourceful, occasionally rebellious, and above all believable. They're fun. I'd also suggest (for when she's older) the Joan Aiken Dido Twite series, starting with "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase". Good luck! I am SO fed up with being able to find interesting, exciting, inspiring books and toys (and clothes) for my son, and pink sparkly fairy related items for my daughter. When are manufacturers going to realise that they are selling a whole generation of girls short?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 22:44:15 GMT
T Macpherson says:
It has to be Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lundgren, the ultimate iconic little girls heroine. Strong, opinionated, sassy and not a pink frock or sequin in site...
Or try The Borrowers by Mary Norton, or Roald Dahl's Matilda.
Hope she likes them!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 17:33:29 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 22:07:50 BDT
Anja Phoenix says:
Hetti the Carvetii - A celtic girl who wants to be a warrior! The story links to a map and a walk so children can interact with the characters story.

Posted on 25 May 2012 09:03:37 BDT
Try "The Adventures of Caitlin Haq" on kindle a scruffy 10 year old girl with a black cat she loives with her mother in a small house with a hedge that her mother never cuts and a garden like a jungle.

Caitlin has lots of adventuers beating up bullies, chasing muggers helping aliens stat their brokeb down space ship

Havn't got the link but search The adventures of caitlin haq on kindle store

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 17:26:01 BDT
Amazing Esme

This book offers a brilliantly refreshing heroine, defying all stereotypess while remaining totally engaging.

Posted on 26 May 2012 21:06:41 BDT
"Katitch" says:
Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
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