a pair of girl power picture books

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Today I’m pairing two picture books with strong girl characters—one mechanic and one ninja-in-training. 

 

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt (2015).

The rhyme really shines in this girl power book. It’s a Cinderella retelling of a character who dreams, not of a prince, but of fixing rockets. Yes!

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No gown for her, but a bejeweled space suit and sonic socket wrench. And a mouse named Murgatroyd. Yes, again!

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In the end, she does win the space prince’s admiration, but it’s by showing she can fix his ship. And the happy ending doesn’t involve wedding bells. Instead, the resolution is summed up in my favorite line of the book:

 

“She thought this over carefully.

Her family watched in panic.

‘I’m far too young for marriage,

but I’ll be your chief mechanic!'”

 

Thanks to Chronicle Books for images!

 

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Little Kunoichi: The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida (2015).

The artwork in this one is what really gets me. Those watercolors are so sweet, dainty, and colorful; I want to live in this book! The illustrations match the whimsy of this story as well as its message of fun without rigidity or perfection.

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Little Kunoichi goes to a secret ninja school but she is not a very good ninja (yet!). She meets a little boy who attends a secret samurai school and together they get better at their respective skills in order to wow everyone at the island festival. How do they do that? Practice.

Practice is really the message of this book. Referred to here as shugyo, these two characters become friends and spur each other in their “training like crazy.”

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This kind of heroine is so relatable because she’s not perfect but is persistent (which is more important). She’s also not someone who goes it alone, but who learns from others and has a close friend—all great qualities. Plus, I mean, she’s training to be a ninja. Sooooo, there’s that.

 

Thanks to Little Bigfoot for images!

 

 

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6 Responses to a pair of girl power picture books

  1. I love, love, love Interstellar Cinderella! Have a copy of my very own. But I hadn’t seen Little Kunoichi. Will have to take a look. Thanks!

  2. mariagianferrari says:

    Loved Interstellar Cinderella–so fun! I’ll have to check out the ninja one. Thanks for the recommendation, Danielle!

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