We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
While once again, these women are not really witches and goddesses – they are astounding at what they do, captivating local and international audiences alike with their skills.
Rebel In A Dress: Cowgirls
Written by Sylvia Branzei Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Running Press Kids (2011)
ISBN: 0762436956 (ISBN13: 9780762436958)
Bought my own copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
Similar to last week’s sharing, this Rebel In A Dress series by Sylvia Branzei and Melissa Sweet features 12 intrepid women whom they called cowgirls, in contrast to last week’s group of females who are identified to be adventurers. This is how the book creators defined cowgirls:
Some of the women here are pretty familiar to me, such as Annie Oakley, renowned sharpshooter:
There were a few names that intrigued me, particularly Lilian Riggs who lost her sight at the age of 54. Her fierce independence was what made her take the leadership in their cattle and guest ranch business and she continued on ranching until the age of 70.
Then there is also the astounding Charley Parkhurst who lived her entire life pretending to be a man. Her true identity was only revealed in her death, even to the people closest to her:
The narrative was very engaging, fast-paced, and with a genuine desire to not just inform but to enthuse the reader to finding out more. My issues with the book remain the same as that of the previous book: the random fillers that are largely disconnected from the narrative, detracting from its cohesiveness. There was also the presentation of the cowboys, or in this case cowgirls, versus Native Americans (depicting the Native Americans to be the antagonist in the vignettes) that I found particularly disturbing, and worth taking a closer look with a more critical eye. Other than that, Melissa Sweet’s art is lovely as per usual.
#WomenReadWomen2019: United States of America