Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is a collection of stories about women throughout time and all over the world. They chose a large variety of people from well known people like Harriet Tubman, Hillary Clinton and Cleopatra to people that a lot of people don’t know about like Jingu, Tamara De Lempicka and Fadumo Dayib.

I really, really wanted to like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. As I’m writing about it I’m still conflicted about how to rate it. I loved how all everyone talked about in this book are woman. I loved how inclusive it was by having women from all around the globe and from different time periods. I loved the variance in the artwork types. I loved that these are short enough to hold a younger child’s attention, though I also wish at the same time that they were two pages long instead on just one. Finally, I loved that I only knew about 15 of the 100 people mentioned so even if an older person is reading this to their kids they’ll run into people that the don’t know and will learn along with their child/children.

There’s just one fatal flaw. Some of the illustrations have made the people they are depicted look like they are white when they are not. I this with Sonita Alizadeh first and then paging back through I saw others who didn’t seem to match their nationalities so I looked for photographs of them when possible and noticed that they did not match. This was incredibly frustrating to me, there’s no reason to whitewash in a book that is otherwise so inclusive and why would it be done to some people and not to others. I know that the illustrations in this book are from several different artists and not from the authors themselves, but it was still the authors’ choice to put these illustrations in. After noticing this it makes it very hard for me to recommend this book to read.

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