Girls Hold Up This World
  • Girls Hold Up This World
  • Girls Hold Up This World

Girls Hold Up This World

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by Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jada Pinkett, Donyell Kennedy-Mccullough
     
 

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith--wife of superstar Will Smith--lovingly captures the strength, unity, and beauty that live in girls in this poignant photographic book.

"We are sisters of this Earth -- members of one powerful tribe. /Every color, shape, and size, we're united by beauty inside." Artistic photographs enhance the positive message of Jada Pinkett Smith's

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith--wife of superstar Will Smith--lovingly captures the strength, unity, and beauty that live in girls in this poignant photographic book.

"We are sisters of this Earth -- members of one powerful tribe. /Every color, shape, and size, we're united by beauty inside." Artistic photographs enhance the positive message of Jada Pinkett Smith's inspiring poem. A renowned actress and loving mother, Smith brings warmth and heart to this celebration of young women. While so many girls today struggle with self-doubt, this poem focuses on the power ALL girls have within them, regardless of color or creed. This is the perfect book for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to give and to share again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A bevy of books celebrates all things female. "We girls hold up this world with a strength that's all our own,/ We'll see the different ways one day when we are grown," begins Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett Smith, an exuberant photoessay. Donyell Kennedy-McCullough's photos of girls smiling, pondering, turning cartwheels in the grass and practicing ballet poses at the barre includes a cast of girls of "Every color, age, and size, we're united by beauty inside." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Smith celebrates the inner strength of women and girls in this short photo-essay with a rhyming text ("We girls hold up this world with a strength that's all our own./We'll see the different ways one day when we are grown." Kennedy-McCullough's full-page, glossy color photographs of girls and women engaged in a variety of activities are excellent. Unfortunately, they are overpowered by the heavy-handed message and occasional non sequiturs and forced rhymes ("We girls hold up this world as we build our self-esteem. We know that discipline will turn a princess into a queen."). The attractive layout with lots of pastel backgrounds is easy on the eye and will appeal to youngsters. Nevertheless, this book is an additional purchase.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The beautiful and accomplished actress delivers a drearily earnest paean to girls in some of the clunkiest verse imaginable: self-esteem is rhymed with queen; lesson with blessing; better with together. You can probably figure out the text just from that. The didactic writing is matched by the shiny photos of girls (and a few women) of every shade and shape and ethnicity: playing, running, dancing, talking, meditating. You know how heartfelt all of this is when you see the author and photographers' dedications to mothers, grandmothers, and daughters. But it is very hard to care. It's not so ickily sentimental as Billy Joel's picture book or as gratuitously moralistic as Madonna's, but it has no reason to exist except for its author's celebrity. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439087933
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/24/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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