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Ambitious Girl

When a young girl sees a strong woman on TV labeled as "too assertive" and "too ambitious," the speaker seems to look right at her, saying, "Don't let anyone tell you who you are. You tell them who you are." The experience sends her on a journey of discovery through past, present, and future about the challenges faced by women and girls and the ways in which they can reframe, redefine, and reclaim words meant to knock them down. As Ambitious Girl says: "No 'too that' or 'too this' / will stop what's inside us from flowering."

Anyone who's ever been underestimated or overshadowed will find inspiration in this empowering new picture book from Meena Harris, New York Times-bestselling author of Kamala and Maya's Big Idea! With exuberant illustrations by Marissa Valdez, this book reminds young readers that it's good to be proud of your ambitions, hopes and dreams.

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"Her mother explains that historical figures, shown in a navy wash, 'have opened so many doors,' paving the way for this child’s hopes and desires to flourish. The same words once used to criticize the televised woman are seen in a new, positive light by book’s end: digital art shows the girl taking a stage of her own, where she proudly exclaims that she, too, is 'AMBITIOUS!'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Meena Harris
Illustrator Marissa Valdez
ISBN 0316229695
Publication Date Jan 19, 2021
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English