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We have a #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme which we have just recently launched. As we celebrate warrior women during the first quarter of the year, I thought I better start with simple acts of rebellion, indicative of quiet power that echoes far and wide.
Written by Alma Fullerton Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Published by Second Story Press (2017)
ISBN: 1772600156 (ISBN13: 9781772600155). Book was borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.
Nina wanted to go fishing with her grandfather more than anything in the world. However, each time that she would volunteer her services, she is told:
A boat is not the place for a girl. Your job is on shore.
Set in a remote fishing village in the Philippines, Nina persisted and convinced her Lolo that she is perfectly capable of baiting her own hook and removing her own fish.
While other fishermen taunted Nina and acted fairly surprised that she was with her Lolo, I appreciated how the latter committed to having Nina along with him and quietly ignored everyone else’s pejorative remarks.
There is a sense of agency here that is highly commendable. While I am not a huge fan of the art which I thought seemed dull and uninspired; the typography and overall design / layout also left much to be desired, I enjoyed the cadence and the rhythm of hand over hand, and the lilting language.
It would be good to pair this book with stories of other girls who persisted despite being told that they are not supposed to be doing what only boys are expected to do – see below.
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#WomenReadWomen2019: 3 of 25: Country – Canada (Benoit is from Ontario) | USA (Fullerton is from the US)