For as long as history has been recorded, girls haven't had much of a look in amongst all the great men we remember.
But that doesn't mean they weren't there. And it doesn't mean that they didn't achieve great things, come up with wonderful inventions or win battles!
In this book, Sandi Toksvig shows that History is actually Her-story.
Though they're often ignored or overlooked, they have changed the world.
There's no question about it...Girls are best! 'A book that will make girls realize that anything is possible' - Julia Eccleshare, "Lovereading".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 03/09/2009
- Category: History & the past: general interest (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781862304291
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Review by AriadneAranea
I bought this for my daughter and it is a joy (sort of) to see her eyes open wide with amazement as she finds out not only about the remarkable feats of women in all spheres of public life, but also about the extraordinary lengths that society has gone to over the years to keep women firmly *out* of any sphere of public life. My daughter was particularly impressed by the stories about NASA spacesuits and about the women who had to pretend to be men just so they could get an education. This is the perfect "girl power" book - a high quality, fun-to-read kids' introduction to feminism and why we still need it. My only criticism is that I don't want to tell my daughter that "Girls are Best", only that "Girls are Great"! However, in defence of Sandi Toksvig, I don't think she chose the title* and she does say on the very last page that all she really means to do is to point out how much girls and women have actually achieved, even in the face of social obstacles, and how little credit they usually get for it.* She was commissioned to write it, and someone else was commissioned to write a companion book which was to be called "Boys are Best" - but the other writer never delivered...