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This little trailblazer : a girl power primer
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 16 cm

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Learn all about influential women who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for trailblazers-in-training!

Paving the way
to a future that's bright.
Helping the world
with their skills, smarts, and might.

Little trailblazers cause great big changes.

In this follow up to This Little President and This Little Explorer , now even the youngest readers can learn all about great and empowering female trailblazers in history! Highlighting ten memorable women leaders who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this girl power primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Author Notes

Author Joan Holub graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree. She illustrated her first published children's book in 1992 and began illustrating full time, shortly thereafter. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996 and has since become a full time author. She has written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including the Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training Series. Her title Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS-Ten wide-eyed women trailblazers, from Ada Lovelace to Maria Tallchief, are presented in brightly colored spreads. In larger print, a rhyming couplet gives young readers a general idea of the road each subject paved, and on the opposite page, in smaller print, more information is disclosed. The final spread asks kids how they will change the world someday, while showcasing a dozen more inspirational figures. The bottom right corner of the last page has a circle with a question mark, offering children the opportunity to see themselves as future trailblazers. An empowering collective biography for board book bins and shelves.-Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, and Maria Tallchief are some of the icons introduced in this "Girl Power Primer." On the book's first two pages, these and seven other women and girls (elementary school student Ruby Bridges and teen Malala Yousafzai are in the mix) appear in a group shot on a flowery field against a pink sky. Holub's couplets, which range from passable to clunky, appear on the versos of the next 10 double-page spreads accompanied by a small portrait of the featured trailblazer. On each recto, there is a full-page image of the subject in action with a small one- or two-sentence caption with additional details. Roode's highly saturated illustrations, which look to have been created with CGI tools, turn each figure from history into a wide-eyed cartoon with an oversized head. Unfortunately, this cutesy and simplified style makes architect and sculptor Maya Lin look to be about 3 and Ada Lovelace appear to be opening window blinds rather than creating one of the first computer programs (although how one would represent this to very young children is a bit of a puzzle). The final two pages present 12 additional women, leaving a 13th space with a question mark labeled "You!"While this historic roll call is impressively diverse, toddlers are highly unlikely to grasp the importance of these female pioneers from the few, short lines and the simplified and sometimes confusing images. (Board book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.