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Checking in on Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History

I don’t want you to miss any of the exciting posts from the website for Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History, so here is a brief mention and my comments. In response to the post by Selina Alko on Everyday DressUp for March 3rd , I wrote the following comment.

Lovely idea and very needed. I want to point out that my four sons loved dress up also. Because they recognized play and pretend, they would dress up as both male and female characters from history and from literature. “Off with their heads” was one of their favorite sayings as they borrowed my tiaras and my own play clothes. We loved dressing up as the villains, also. My school is having a living museum day with students dressed up as characters from history. They’ll stand silently while others answer questions about their character.

I loved this book and am determined that my granddaughters will have their own copy when they come along. I do still love princess stories and do not feel the need to avoid them. I know the difference between reality and make-believe. We played princess and prince when growing up but never did we play helpless captive needing rescuing.

We watched Disney movies. We knew the difference between Disney versions and the various other versions of tales like Beauty and the Beast (my favorite before Mulan). I still love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and I’m not ashamed of it. I knew Belle was educating herself through reading. How could I not love her character?

March 2nd’s post was by Donna Jo Napoli and introduced us to Wangari Maathai in her book Mama Miti. This title is illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

I haven’t read it!?! I have to use the punctuation “!?!” to indicate my disgust with myself for not having read this before now. How could I miss this important title? I need to go get this immediately as my STEM school prepares for our last nine weeks unit on Investigations of Transformations.

According to the comments, this makes a wonderful read-aloud for grades 1 and 2, so it’s a must-have for my library. Wangara Maathi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. “She was the first African woman to win this award – the most prestigious award in the world.” Who was this amazing woman? You’ll have to go to the KidLit Women’s History blog to read more.

March 1st’s post began the Women’s History Month blog posts with Lisa Taylor and her daughter’s detour while on a road trip near Seneca Falls. I appreciated the link to the Declaration of Sentiments. As Jan Godown Annino comments “This post makes me wish I was signed up for a detour to Seneca Falls. I wonder what a map of important sites in women’s history in North America would look like? Or, the world for that matter.”  Me, too. I’d love to see that map but it MUST be world-wide. The struggle for women’s rights is still ongoing and I’d love to see that particular map highlighted, too.