From Ancient Egypt and China to Europe and North America, women through the centuries have been disguising themselves as men. Hatshepsut (Egypt) did it for power; Ellen Craft (US) and Alfhild (Scandinavia) did it to obtain freedom; Sarah Rosetta Wakeman did it to provide for her family. These women and the others in the book risked their lives - and that of their families - to achieve their dream/goal. Through the stories, you learn about their motives and courage.
These are amazing stories. The only one I was familiar with was Mu Lan, as a result of a Disney movie. What I found most fascinating was the discovery of just how many women in history were doing what these women did! Alfhid actually led a fleet of women pirates.
The artistic style used to depict the women fell short. I wasn't looking for paintings, but I would have liked for them to look more individual and reflect their ethnicity. The circles on the cheeks were distracting. If they served a purpose it wasn't explained.
Readers - yes, including boys! - will be awed by the stories of these women, and at the same time be [pick negative emotion] about how women were viewed in their respective societies.
None, really. On a personal level, I didn't like the artistic style used to illustrate the women. The circle on (some) cheeks was annoying because it drew your eye to it and left you wondering why some pictures had it and some didn't.
This is a collection of seven mini-biographies in graphic novel form.
Use this as a launching pad for discussing gender equity and how perceptions changed over time - and why. The author includes a selection of additional titles about each of these women should young readers want to learn more about any of them.
9 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow. This is a great launch for finding other books about these amazing women.
|Title||No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure|
|Publisher||Kids Can Press © 2008|
|Genres||History - US, Biography, History, Comics | Graphic Novels, War, History - 1800s, Social Issues, Europe | European People, History - Middle Ages, History - 1600s, Asia | Asian People|