What Little Girls Are Made Of: A Modern Nursery Rhyme

Sourcebooks/Wonderland. Dec. 2022. 40p. Tr $10.99. ISBN 9781728251424.
PreS-Gr 3–What are little girls made of? Hill gives a new twist to the classic nursery rhyme. Full of little girls of varied skin colors, abilities, hair textures, dress, and shape from around the world, this title subverts the notion of young girls as unmotivated and passively sweet. Adventurous, humorous, willing to take up challenges, these energetic girls are sure to captivate readers with all of their multiple capabilities. Fans of the old rhyme will enjoy this more up-to-date take on describing what makes a modern girl. Colorful and endearing images by Shipman will add to readers’ captivation and keep them turning pages. An empowering title that will encourage girls to live their dreams and not be defined by stereotypes.
VERDICT For libraries that wish to update their nursery rhyme section with some new material, this would be a good choice; set this down next to Kate Greenaway and watch what happens.

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