The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls

• 04 November 2007

If you love the Dangerous Book for Boys, here is the female counterpart. It's only available in the UK currently but there is no doubt in my mind it will hit the US by storm in the not-so-distant future.

Many critics are touting it as gender-stereotypical and a mockery of feminism; so far I'm not buying it. As a parent I've noticed that despite raising my kids the same, my little guy is more inclined to play with things like trains, while my little gal is naturally interested in more creative pursuits. They are who they are. I realize that now. Not to say they can't color or play with trucks together, because my kids do and I think it's great; it's just that they gravitate towards different things on their own. Enough said, I feel a controversial comment section coming on!

From what I read this book is perfect for the 7-12 age group especially. Keep your eyes peeled! I can't wait!

Cool cover, no?

Addendum (a day later): I went to Costco today and saw the Daring Book for Girls...a slightly different version of the above-mentioned book with things like "Building a Campfire" instead of "Learning to Sew". Both seem great to me and both would make great gifts.


6 comments:

melissa said...

My mom got my 7 year-old son the Dangerous Book for his birthday. He loves it! He spends hours perusing its pages.

Amy D. said...

I just saw this at Costco! A different color cover but it was right next to Dangerous Book for Boys and I think it had the same title.

Rebecca said...

I was just going to say that I saw this at Costco but looks like Amy D beat me to it. Go get it Steph!

Kirsten Sue said...

The female counterpart is The daring book for girls. You can check it on my blog. It's awesome! I love it.

stephmodo said...

I'm not sure what's up with this book and the Daring book--which is officially the counterpart? Both seem to be but I guess one is a copycat. Both seem (based on the Tables of Contents) to be great though in their own way but very different from each other.

jerin said...

You're right. As early as Taisei was mobile, he was going after remote controls and cell phones. Now, he likes to kick soccer balls and throw things while his female counterparts in nursery like to carry purses and flip their hair in the mirror. Environment might have a little to do with it, but I would say it's 90% inborn.

That said, I wonder if these generalizations are really true for all babies and toddlers though...

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