Extraordinary Girls

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EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS celebrates girlhood with all its joys and challenges. With a spirited foreword by Isabel Carter Stewart, director of Girls Incorporated®, EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS strives to empower girls' attitudes about themselves and their world.

Maya Ajmera, the author of CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE and TO BE A KID, joins Sarah Strunk and Olateju Omolodun to introduce girls from all over the world who live extraordinary lives. EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS explores the special ...

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Overview

EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS celebrates girlhood with all its joys and challenges. With a spirited foreword by Isabel Carter Stewart, director of Girls Incorporated®, EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS strives to empower girls' attitudes about themselves and their world.

Maya Ajmera, the author of CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE and TO BE A KID, joins Sarah Strunk and Olateju Omolodun to introduce girls from all over the world who live extraordinary lives. EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS explores the special talents, relationships, and dreams that make every girl unique. In short chapters focusing on religion, sports, education, friendship, and more, girls from around the world are pictured growing and becoming active and integral members of their communities. EXTRAORDINARY GIRLS tells the stories of a few specific girls who have met and exceeded their dreams at very young ages. Meet Alexandra Nechita of Romania, an unusually gifted painter who had a book of her works published when she was merely eleven years old. Also, meet Aubyn Burnside of the United States, who at the age of eleven rallied together local organizations to collect over 10,000 suitcases to distribute to foster children to help with their moves. These stories, and an inspirational text that paints a glorious portrait of girlhood, are sure to inspire girls of all ages to strive to achieve their highest potential.

A tremendous collection of beautiful photographs works together with the comprehensive text creating a portrayal of girlhood that is as vibrant and active as girls themselves. Contributions from various photographers, including Peace Corps volunteers, adorn each page with brilliant pictures of girls from around the globe.

Emphasizes the qualities, abilities, and achievements of girls from different countries and cultures around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
An extraordinary book created by SHAKTI for Children, a program of the Global Fund for Children, which promotes the human rights of children and youth everywhere. The name, SHAKTI, comes from the Hindu goddess who is known for empowering communities and protecting children. Extraordinary Girls is one of four "SHAKTI for Children" titles that introduces children to the values, beliefs, and experiences of others around the world. Fabulous, modern photographs depict strong and determined girls from a number of countries in roles of amazing achievement and service. The organization of the book is an achievement in itself as color-coded concepts of Girls are... describes the main themes of learning, making a difference, religion, the arts, sports, and friendship. An exceptional index and bibliography, which includes books, magazines, and web sites for both girls and parents alike, is just added benefit to the overall offering. A must-have for libraries and any social studies curriculum. 1999, SHAKTI for Children/Charlesbridge Books, Ages 9 to 12, $16.95. Reviewer: Betsy Barnett
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5 The best thing about this title is its full-color, attractive photographs of girls from all over the world. Where it falls short is in its text, written to affirm individuality, diversity, and commonality. After saying that girls are unique because they may be tall or short, " dark, light, or some shade in between," " artistic or scientific, reflective or outgoing," the book lists common attributes of females, including being strong, smart, compassionate, curious, and creative. There is little difference between what makes them unique and what binds them together. Each of the seven main chapters then addresses such topics as "Different Ways to Learn," "Religion and Spirituality," and "Sports and Play." Each one contains a few paragraphs again defining what girls are, introduced by such lines as "Girls are innovative" or "Girls are pioneers." Youngsters who have made a difference are also highlighted. Most of the text is written in the third person but on occasion it switches, addressing readers in the second person. Although the authors do have a lot of positive things to say about being female, it is too bad they didn't express it more clearly. Kathleen Staerkel, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881060669
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. Olateju Omolodun is a poet, an artistic performer, and Director of the Xanadu Arts Education Project of The Global Fund for Children. She is the coeditor, with Maya Ajmera, of XANADU: THE IMAGINARY PLACE. Teju lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sarah Strunk received her bachelor's Degree in Public Policy from Duke University in 1987. She went on to receive her Master of Healthcare Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. Sarah participates in a local big sister program and has been a consultant for The Global Fund for Children. She lives in North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
To Be a Girl 8
Different Ways to Learn 10
Making a Difference 16
Religion and Spirituality 20
The Arts 24
Sports and Play 30
Friendship 36
"Keepsakes" 40
Afterword 41
World Map 42
Resources 44
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