Every-Day Dress-Up

PreS-K—A little girl's mother tells her stories about great women in history, introducing a "daring new dame" each day of the week. On Monday, the child learns about "Amelia, First Lady of Flight" and dresses up in goggles and cardboard wings. On Tuesday, she is "Ella, Queen of Jazz," followed by Elizabeth, the suffragist; Marie, the scientist; Julia, the chef; Maria, the ballerina; and Frida, the artist. All are introduced in a fun way with minimal text. Humorous, detailed gouache and collage illustrations will hold children's attention and spark their imagination. In the back matter, thumbnail biographies of these women and a few other "greats" include small portraits. This picture book encourages girls to be creative in their dress-up play.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
A girl who "used to only play princess" until her mom introduced her to "real, great women" shows off a week's worth of dress-up looks, from Amelia Earhart to Frida Kahlo. The book's cause is so noble that it's a drag the narrator's voice is so unconvincing. The illustrations go all out, right down to the girl's Kahlo-esque unibrow. Reading list.

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