What Are Little Girls Made Of? – by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Isabelle Follath


What Are Little Girls Made Of? – by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Isabelle Follath, Nosy Crow – an imprint of Candlewick Press, 9781536217339, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Poetry

What did you like about the book? If one were to judge this book by its cover, he or she may think they are in for a poetic trip down Mother Goose’s memory lane. Jeanne Willis decided to take a different path updating and revamping these old rhymes with a feminist twist. The girls featured are independent, resourceful, and are not afraid to say what they think. Most importantly, they prove again and again they don’t need to be rescued.  In fact, they are quite capable of doing that themselves! The mixed-media illustrations are full of rich color palettes and whimsy. Each encourages multiple views to glean new details. Another noteworthy aspect is that Willis and Follath included children of color on many of the pages, a perfect update to reflect diverse and modern times, allowing children to see characters like themselves on the pages.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This begs to be read aloud. It would be a nice companion to a study of traditional Mother Goose variations.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? J 811 Willis

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 5/23/21

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