- Paperback: 224 pages
- Age Range: 9 - 11 years
- Publisher: Red Fox (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862304297
- ISBN-13: 978-1862304291
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Girls Are Best Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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"The book to buy for daughters . . . It would make a fine stocking filler with its lively, entertaining, illustrated snippets about the great women in history and the restrictions that they overcame, and will arm readers for arguments about gender equality" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)
"A little ego-boost for the girls . . . a reminder, from the Bayeux Tapestry to gladiatrices, no less, of women's achievements, told in Sandi's trademark zany, accessible style" (Irish Independent)
"There's a mass of facts and information of all kinds . . . The result is a book which will make girls realise that anything is possible - and that women have already done most of everything already!" (Julia Eccleshare Love Reading)
"My grandchildren will be getting this in their stockings . . . It's funny and full of facts that may surprise parents too. In a world of hollow celebrity it is a timely polemic that warms my feminist heart" (Sheila Hancock The Times)
"Would make fascinating reading for men too . . . Girls are Best is packed with fascinating facts with which to wow friends. It is an education and a revelation, a great book to dip in and out of and to learn from" (Write Away!)
Written in Sandi's hilarious voice, this interesting, funny book is jam-packed with facts, tales and information on a range of topics that prove girls can do anything boys can do - and do it better!See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The book should not really be entitled Girls are Best, as that message is clearly not Sandi's aim. The book simply points out a) the accomplishments of women throughout history (and how some have been hidden in the retelling of the past), and b) the inequalities that existed in the past and (sadly) today. It does not say that women are better than men, but allows the reader to challenge that women are not inferior to men. Surely everyone wants that for their child?
I think it is a beautiful book for its simplicity and honesty, and of course its child-friendly writing.
Mr Wright need not panic, this book will not turn any child into a man-hater. But it may well begin to equip them for having to deal with less informed individuals who try to hold on to primitive views in order to maintain their own delusions of superiority based on only on their gender.
Excellent value, Sandi Toskvig is a good author, and has the right approach to childrens thinking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gift for a friend's daughter age 10. Did not want another fairy tale with a wedding ending. Lots of facts in small doses. Love it.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic and a great read. Both funny and informative. I bought 2, for myself and for my Partner as a present.Published 3 months ago by garshau
My granddaughter loves this. She keeps quoting me bits and saying "See, girls are best aren't they."Published 4 months ago by Susan Shepherd
This should be a book issued to all girls - it helps with their confidence and emphasises their power as girls and the brilliance of being a girl and highlights amazing things... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessica Simpson
Came quickly and thte book was not damaged at all. Toksvig's work is as always entertaining to readPublished 12 months ago by Ellen V
Funny and informative - my niece loved it as did my nephew who luckily even at the tender age of 7 has a more informed approach to the contribution made by women historically than... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ms SF Ruttley