Girls Speak out : Finding Your True Self

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Many girls lose self-esteem when they reach adolescence, and this interactive guide is designed to help them reverse that process and make positive changes that will last a lifetime. This handbook offers images of women and their roles throughout the ages, excerpts from works by writers such as Alice Walker, and more.

A handbook on self-esteem for girls.

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Overview

Many girls lose self-esteem when they reach adolescence, and this interactive guide is designed to help them reverse that process and make positive changes that will last a lifetime. This handbook offers images of women and their roles throughout the ages, excerpts from works by writers such as Alice Walker, and more.

A handbook on self-esteem for girls.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW said that this book, developed from Johnston's nationwide series of girls' personal growth workshops, "is probably best reserved for feminist adults who wish to learn techniques for conducting workshops of their own." Ages 9-14. (Mar.)r
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Transposing her nationwide series of girls' personal growth workshops to book form, activist educator Johnston aims for the casual, questioning tone of an adult who really listens to children. Sojourner Truth and bell hooks changed their names to reflect who they were inside, she tells her group participants; "What new name would you choose?" On the page, this and other attempts to duplicate workshop interactions lose their force. More inspiring are excerpts from feminist fiction by Alice Walker, Kyoko Mori and Sandra Cisneros, among others. Writings by workshop participants are interspersed throughout, but their sincere self-affirmations often read like repetitive clichs: "You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else." Johnston's girls improvise a talk show, examine prehistoric artifacts representing women and play a game called "Tunnels" which simulates rebirth, but the exuberance that must infuse the workshops is sadly lacking in print. This book is probably best reserved for feminist adults who wish to learn techniques for conducting workshops of their own. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is Gloria Steinem for teeny-boppers. In fact, the book is an offshoot of Steinem's "Take Our Daughters to Work," and other projects, and is introduced by her. The contents describe a self-help radical feminization seminar of the same name. An extensive walkthrough of the two-day program is presented, together with excerpts of stories used, and testimonials given by participants. All of this is concluded with a watered down history of goddess cult figurines. The obvious message seems overplayed, but might be useful in some quarters.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-A book based on a self-esteem and consciousness-raising workshop for young women, developed by the author and Gloria Steinem. It's an intriguing account, but it may be more meaningful to parents and teachers than to its intended audience. "Girls Speak Out" is the name given to the workshops, typically given on two consecutive Saturdays and characterized by the author as "an experience we have in a room with other girls and women." The workshops explore a broad range of subjects, from prehistoric images of women to understanding sexism to self-discovery, encouraging young women to find their own true voices and "speak out" through discussion, games, and writing. "Even if you can't be in this room with us," Johnston explains, "you can have some of the same experiences with the book." Thus, this title explains how the workshops are run and presents some of the responses and writing that participants have contributed across the country. Although no doubt the actual workshops are powerful and empowering, this presentation lacks focus and practicality: it's not really designed as a how-to guide, nor is it inspirational for private journals or self-study. However, the actual writing of the girls is compelling; adults working with adolescents may find the "Girls Speak Out" concept and model easy to use and adapt in different settings.-Cyrisse Jaffee, formerly at Newton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606165914
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999

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