What would you risk your life for?

Summary:

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. 


Parent Perspective:
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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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. 


Type of Book:
This is a collection of seven mini-biographies in graphic novel form.
Educational Themes:

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.

Reading Level:
3.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
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
Author Suan Hughes
Publisher Kids Can Press © 2008
Illustrators Willow Dawson
ISBN 9781554531776
Material Hard Cover
Genres History - US, Biography, History, Comics | Graphic Novels, War, History - 1800s, Social Issues, Europe | European People, History - Middle Ages, History - 1600s, Asia | Asian People
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