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Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

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Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Penny Colman
publisher:
Scholastic Books
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Smartly written and accessible, Penny Colman’s Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America is a nice addition to any child’s bookshelf. Like many survey books, however, what it includes raises questions about what it excludes: If Susan B. Anthony, why not Victoria Woodhull, our first female presidential candidate? If Louisa May Alcott, why not Laura Ingalls Wilder? And though it celebrates ’90s Girl Power, it overlooks riot grrrls. Still, with its snappy writing, archival photographs, and personal narratives (from the records of 19th-century slaves to the 1926 diary of an anorexic), Girls may well hook young readers on history. B+