This wonderful little book of stories is a great way to start up conversations with your child about all kinds of interesting topics. Each of the 28 'short stories' is complemented by a fun illustration of girls doing their best, helping others, being brave, learning and feeling good about themselves. It's an inspirational little booklet, really, with enough material to engage a child (or even better yet, a group of children) in many conversations about what they are capable of and how to feel confident.
The book has delightful narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations to go along with each little story (6-8 sentences long). I especially liked the one where the two girls are helping the parent cook and the image is of a dad in an apron. he illustrations are also very diverse, not just in ethnicity of the girls, but also in shapes and sizes of their bodies. The only thing I didn't see (aside from non-western dress) was images of girls with disabilities (visible ones that is).
The structure of this digital book is almost more like a deck of cards. I can imagine it being used in many different ways, including being read to a group of girls with time after each card for discussion, perhaps even as a classroom activity. I would not, however, recommend this for reading all in one sitting, even though I have made it sound very short. Each story, in and of itself, is only a few sentences long ... but within those few sentences there is a lot to talk about.
I read this book with my son, a preschooler. He loved it, and I was delighted by how much depth we were able to talk about each topic, including helping, chores, being calm in a crisis, being brave and so much more. I also liked that he was seeing images of girls doing these things, to counter any negative messages he is picking up about what boys and girls can and can't do. Recently one of his little girl-friends at school told her mom that he was the "perfect man" and after this little booklet, he surely is on his way to seeing girls as capable and smart. It was a proud mom moment!
I used to be a high-school & middle-school counselor, and I was always looking for good materials for empowering girls, especially for the girls' support groups I led over the years. Based on that experience, I would highly recommend starting a lot earlier in a girl's life with messages that counter some of the more negative ideas we get in society about what it means to be a girl & woman. I love that this book is aimed at girls under 8, in particular, because that is the point many research studies find that girls begin to doubt themselves.
The book, with it's simple narration and short but engaging stories seems well on it's way to helping parents raise "healthy, happy, strong, smart, confident girls". This is the tag line of their website, which includes research articles, a blog and community pages to bring together "parents and loving adults in search of information on how to best raise a young girl." You can also download a free ebook on raising confident girls from their website, as well as get a sample of about half of the stories that are in this iPad book in PDF form. It's a great site and an amazing little organization.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Ines Almeida/Anil Tortop
7wonderlicious Pty. Ltd.
12 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8 +
This book is comprised of 28 very short stories (6-10 sentences long), that focus on themes that the developers "believe are very important in the development of strong confident girls." Each story is usually followed by one or two questions that you can read with your child and discuss.
Among the themes included: [From their website: 7Wonderlicious ]
* Leadership, taking initiative
* Passion for learning, observing the world, being curious
* Understanding that girls also can fix and build things not just boys
* Helping others, supporting her community, sharing, helping out with the chores
* Appreciating the uniqueness of each person, their differences. Accepting others and one self.
* Identifying and celebrating her strengths.
* Team work, using each-others strengths to accomplish better results and find solutions
* Being adventurous and bold, trying new things, not giving up when it is hard
* Having fun
* Being strong and resilient
* Remaining calm when something goes wrong so that a solution can be found
* Being active, getting out and about, being sporty
* Eating fruit and veggies
* Supporting Mother Nature and the environment
* Enjoying problem solving, having a can do attitude, being resourceful and persistent
* Enjoying learning science and math
* Using creativity and imagination
* Speaking up, being assertive when necessary
* Remaining confident when speaking to groups