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amazing babes + book giveaway
Amazing Babes. Words by Eliza Sarlos , drawings by Grace Lee.
First of all, I adore the tongue-in-cheekness of the title for a book about women who’ve made a difference. Referring to them as babes is kind of hysterical to me.
And this isn’t just a random compendium of historical women to know about. Each one inspires something specific in the reader. (And the reader was originally intended to be the author’s son, which is pretty great!)
Courage, compassion, conviction, commitment, heart, the breaking of rules. All worthy qualities to aspire to—for all of us, regardless of age or gender.
It’s a book of Grace Lee’s gorgeous portraits, each capturing the subject distinctively. And, bonus, you can read the details of each lady’s contributions at the back of the book. I can just picture a young person gravitating toward one of these women and researching more about her.
I discovered that Hedy Lamar was not only an actress, but was also a mathematician! And because the author is Australian, I learned about Mum Shirl who visited Aboriginal inmates and worked to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.
And Hadijatou Mani, born in 1984 and forced to work as a slave in West Africa at the age of twelve. Irena Sendler who saved 2,500 Jewish babies during the Holocaust.
I love the unexpected entries too, like Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill. As well as extraordinary contemporary heroine, Malala Yousafzai.
Most of these women are activists for peace and human rights, particularly those of women and children. Artists, scientists, individuals who’ve made a difference.
Inspiring and amazing babes indeed!!!
Thanks to Scribe for images!
Scribe Publications has generously donated one signed copy of Amazing Babes for a reader of This Picture Book Life! You’ll love this picture book, coffee table book, art book, and women’s history book all rolled into one! Guaranteed to inspire.
Comment on this post and tell us who you’d like to share Amazing Babes with for a chance to win!
I’ll contact the randomly chosen winner by email for your mailing address.
(Open to North American residents only—sorry about that, far flung international readers! Giveaway ends Wednesday, September 24th, midnight PST.)
WE HAVE A WINNER AND IT’S READING WITH RHYTHM! CONGRATULATIONS!
THANKS TO ALL WHO COMMENTED AND READ THIS BLOG!