The Best Of Girls To The Rescue

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Twenty-five great stories about twenty-five clever and courageous girls!

In most fairy tales, the helpless girl waits around for a prince to rescue her. But the girls featured in the Girls to the Rescue series' seven books are not only smart, they're also spunky enough to save the day when the going gets tough. And the response to the series from girls, parents, teachers, booksellers, and reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive. For The Best of Grils to the Rescue, Bruce ...

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Overview

Twenty-five great stories about twenty-five clever and courageous girls!

In most fairy tales, the helpless girl waits around for a prince to rescue her. But the girls featured in the Girls to the Rescue series' seven books are not only smart, they're also spunky enough to save the day when the going gets tough. And the response to the series from girls, parents, teachers, booksellers, and reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive. For The Best of Grils to the Rescue, Bruce Lansky selected twenty-five stories that rise above the rest.

A collection of ten stories featuring admirable girls in both familiar and exotic settings.

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Editorial Reviews

Kansas City Star
“Inspiring reading.”
Mary Pipher
“Girls to the Rescue is a powerful antidote to all those helpless, hopeless princess stories. These stories are amusing, poignant, inspiring, and ultimately healing.”
Peggy Orenstein
“Forget about glass slippers and helpless damsels. The moral of this story is: Girls can do anything, even save the day!”
Women's Circle
“Girls to the Rescue will please and inspire girls.
Jeanette S. Gadeberg
“It is refreshing to see new girl-friendly twists on old themes that empower girls to believe in themselves and their abilities.”
Nicole Bondi
"Provides positive female role models.”
Women’s Circle
“Girls to the Rescue will please and inspire girls."
Mary Hance
“Inspiring.”
Lee Littlewood
“Must reading.”
Lynn Gibson
“Delightful.”
Sallie Han
“Girls to the Rescue turns a new page and Prince Charming is history.”
Children's Literature - Jyotsna Sreenivasan
For anyone looking for nonsexist alternatives to Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, this is the book. The girls in this book don't just sit around waiting for their prince; they are active, clever, and confident. The girls display a range of skills-not just strength and courage (traditional male skills), but also common sense, compassion, perseverance, and of course, intelligence. "The Fairy Godmother's Assistant" is a funny story in which the "assistant" advises Cinderella to make her own ballgown, walk to the palace, and sneak into the ball through the kitchen. After the ball, Cinderella decides to leave her stepmother's house and set herself up as a seamstress in town!
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Girls who aren't old enough to read this book themselves deserve to have it read to them-it's a pure delight. The collection is a mix of 10 original and adapted folktales about young girls from around the world, who solve problems or respond to emergencies with brains and courage. Here's hoping that the "Girls to the Rescue" series just keeps on coming.
Children's Literature - Wendy Mann
Lansky has created an inspiring collection of tales about clever girls who show courage to meet challenging situations. The uplifting stories take you from the wilds of the Scottish countryside to African tribal lands. Each story features a situation in which a girl braves the circumstances to solve a problem. Truly a wonderful way to help girls understand their abilities to achieve against the odds.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Young women from a variety of cultures are featured as heroines in this collection of folktale adaptations and original stories. In each tale, a girl uses her ingenuity to overcome an obstacle threatening her or her loved ones. These obstacles include forces of nature, financial difficulties, and the less-than-honorable motives of other people. For example, in "Kim's Surprise Witness," a Vietnamese girl prevents a greedy moneylender from bankrupting her parents; a young American rescues her beloved colt from a dangerous winter storm in "Cody's Wooden Whistle"; "Jamila and the Tiger" tells of how the title character rids her African village of a menacing animal foe. The quality of the writing varies; generally, the four stories adapted from folklore flow more smoothly than the six original compositions (except for two polished entries from Anne Schraff). The tone of the anthology is upbeat and celebratory. While obviously created to fill a certain niche, the heroic nature of these selections should appeal to middle-grade readers who like adventure. Teachers may also find ways to use this collection to spark classroom discussions about female roles in societies near and far.Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A lackluster collection of stories. "Message in the Music" is a particularly disappointing selection about a slave on a North Carolina plantation. Sally learns that her younger brother is going to be sold and decides that they must run away. In an overly simple plot, she easily flees, nurses her sick brother back to health, and finds fellow escaped slaves. "Dead Wrong," a story about a girl who lives in a Canadian lumber camp, offers a bit more excitement. Overall, though, the selections are just too neatly tied together and the characters too flat to inspire many readers. This title may appeal to the "American Girls" (Pleasant Company) crowd, but they will quickly move on to more challenging fare. Virginia Hamilton's Her Stories (Scholastic, 1995) is a much better anthology.-Julie Shatterly, York County Public Library, Rock Hill, SC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689024689
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: Girls to the Rescue Series , #9
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Lansky

Bruce Lansky is the creator of the Girls to the Rescue series, as well as one of the authors of stories in the series. He also created the New Fangled Fairy Tales series, the Can You Solve the Mystery Series, a series of humorous poetry books (including Kids Pick the Funniest Poems and Rolling in the Aisles), and a series of silly song books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Wonderful and inspiring stories, essential reading

    I purchased this book for my six year old daughter and she loves it. She has a few favorite stories in the book that she reads over and over again. The book is filled with characters that break the traditional mold of what good girls are supposed to be like and emulate. The stories promote personal strength and reinforce that all girls must have the ability to believe in themselves. This compilation of stories is such a refreshing alternative to the old-fashioned stories centered around the damsel in distress. Overall, the book is fantastic and I recommend it highly to everyone . . . boys and girls!

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