Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

A book of biographies of one hundred inspirational women beautifully illustrated bye sixty different artists from around the world, three of the illustrations by two South African artists.

The writers and artists are all women.  The work is meant to empower young girls to think beyond princesses who need rescuing and to become strong, independent achievers.

This book inspires me to pick out out some of the women for discussion on my blog independently of the book, which is probably just the type of reaction the authors, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, want.

The very, very brief biographies include the first woman Pharoah, Hatshepsut, and the very last Pharoah, Cleopatra.  It includes queens (Catherine the Great, Elizabeth 1 and Nanny of the Maroons)), politicians (Evita Peron), warriors, scientists, dancers, musicians, sports stars and more.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these women, especially the ones I didn’t know about before this book.- like Queen Nanny of the Maroons).

On each facing page where the woman is illustrated is a quote by her.  Everyone of these its its own masterpiece.

The book itself is being widely talked about and highly recommended.  I add my voice to those praising this book. My only complaint is that it is being marketed exclusively at girls.  There are many young men who could be inspired by these women too, and be made aware that women can and should be achievers as well.

I understand there is a second edition in the offing, and am looking forward to that one.


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  • Title:  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  • Authors:  Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
  • Publisher::  Particular Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Year:  2017
  • Format:  Hardcover
  • Recommended Selling Price: R385.00
  • ISBN:  978 0 1419 8600 5



About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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