33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women
33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women
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Annotation: A mix of short stories, essays, a comic strip, a speech, an interview, poems, and more which offer insights and advice for girls.
Catalog Number: #4715464
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-517-70936-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-517-70936-8
Dewey: 810
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Even the most famous, creative women of achievement and distinction had to survive the teenage years. This excellent collection brings together the voices and art of some of our time's best and brightest. The transition from childhood to adulthood isn't easy, and the selections here are comforting and inspirational, with the contributors serving as both mentors and coaches. Well-known and successful writers, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and scholars offer their takes on the trials and tribulations of growing up, from issues of self-esteem, popularity, overcoming handicaps and obstacles, and communicating with boys, to learning to follow one's heart and dreams and believing in oneself. Playwright Wendy Wasserstein talks about the pressure of having to attend the right private school; author Rebecca Goldstein's short story poignantly captures the awkwardness of feeling outside the mainstream; Lynda Barry's comix offer a humorous, comforting message about the potential cruelty of peers. Astute, compassionate, sometimes witty, sometimes painfully honest, the pieces are highly readable, entertaining, and educational--and together achieve an important, amazing dichotomy: broadening horizons and possibilities while bringing the world into a manageable, realistic perspective during the confusing, often difficult teen years. (Reviewed May 15, 1998)
Horn Book
This simplified account of Pocahontas's life and of fifteenth-century European and Native American relations strives for cultural sensitivity in the text and in the brightly colored illustrations, but many details are presented without any interpretation. Small text boxes and a final page add facts to a book that's a good reader but simplistic history. Ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up--Much has been written and studied about the fragile self-esteem of adolescent girls. These selections, all by different authors, aim to offer advice that could help make them more confident and give them a positive direction and outlook. The contributors, such as M.E. Kerr, Vera Wang, Wendy Wasserstein, and Faith Ringgold, represent a wide range of backgrounds and professions and include scientists, athletes, artists, sociologists, writers, and others. A varied spectrum of quality is found in the stories, essays, fairy tales, poetry, cartoons, and memoirs. Some, though well written, give clich d advice. Judith Ortiz Cofer recommends, "Love your work, and enjoy your play." The actress Sigourney Weaver touts the benefit of hard work and commitment. The underlying message throughout shouts that readers must be true to themselves and follow personal passions. The topics covered vary greatly and include dealing with one's sexual orientation, overcoming and triumphing despite physical handicaps, combating the pervasive "thin is beautiful" culture, dealing with insensitive people, and just finding oneself. Some selections are heavy-handed and preachy, but others speak with a true voice easily heard by adolescents. There's something here for everyone. Perhaps the title is a bit misleading since it seems to promise 33 different ideas. This is a worthwhile purchase for any library. The challenge is to channel it to its intended audience.--Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9

Extraordinary strong women lend their diverse voices to this collection of stories, songs, poems, comics, and essays.

What if every adolescent girl could feel hopeful, empowered, and excited about making the transition from girlhood to womanhood? Dealing with subjects like popularity, success, talking to boys, speaking your mind, and body image, this book offers practical help and inspiration.

33 Things Every Girl Should Know is an empowering and inspirational gift that every girl will want to own, to share with friends, and to use as a springboard to self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-esteem.  

Contributors include: Natalie Merchant. Sigourney Weaver. Tabitha Soren. Wendy Wasserstein. Rebecca Lobo. Lauren Hutton. Anita Roddick. Lynda Barry.

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