Little Feminist Book Club Ages 7-9 Review + Coupon – January 2021
Little Feminist Book Club is a monthly book subscription box for kids ages newborn to nine years old. Each month you will receive one to two books to help diversify your bookshelf. Plus, you will also receive hands-on activities and tools to help your book come to life. Subscriptions are offered for ages 0-2, 2-4, 4-7, and 7-9. From Little Feminist:
Only 31% of children’s books feature a female character, and only 13% feature a person of color.
This review is of the Book Club for ages 7-9 years.
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Little Feminist Book Club
The Subscription Box: Little Feminist Book Club
The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code subaddiction to save 15% off.
The Products: At least one book (sometimes more) and hands-on activities and tools to help bring your book to life.
Ships to: The U.S. for $2.95. Shipping costs may vary for international orders.
Little Feminist Book Club Ages 7-9 January 2021 Review
Little Feminist offers book clubs for all ages, and each of them has a different focus depending on age. This club for older children is geared towards encouraging children to explore the world around them. Each month you’ll receive one hardcover book or 2 paperback books to help with this goal.
We received this card from Little Feminist which explains a little bit about why they chose this month’s book.
On the back, we received this self-portrait prompt. I love the little guide questions they have at the top that help kids to take notice of the different features they have and what makes them unique! A little something to go along with this would have been great, though, like these crayons!
It Began With a Page; How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear – Retail value $17.99 (found on sale here for $10.49)
Growing up in California, Gyo Fujikawa always knew that she wanted to be an artist. She was raised among strong women, including her mother and teachers, who encouraged her to fight for what she believed in. During World War II, Gyo’s family was forced to abandon everything and was taken to an internment camp in Arkansas.
Far away from home, Gyo worked as an illustrator in New York while her innocent family was imprisoned. Seeing the diversity around her and feeling pangs from her own childhood, Gyo became determined to show all types of children in the pages of her books. There had to be a world where they saw themselves represented.
Gyo’s book Babies was initially rejected by her publisher, but after she insisted, they finally relented, and Babies went on to sell almost two million copies. Gyo’s books paved the way for publishers, teachers, and readers to see what we can be when we welcome others into our world.
What a magical book! The idea of how Gyo took a blank page and filled it up was wonderful, and the illustrations to support the story were beautiful. I really enjoyed the prose of this story as well. They definitely touched on some tough topics and didn’t necessarily sugarcoat it, but kept it very matter of fact, which I feel is a powerful way to educate young children on concepts that might be difficult for their little minds to grasp. Overall, this story had a nice flow with some lovely imagery as we went through Gyo’s life. The story was longer in length than some picture books and very informative. It could easily be broken down into different sections for discussions too, with the various themes covered. The beginning shares how she felt invisible amongst her classmates, and then it transitioned to some of the injustices that her family and those around her experienced, while the end of the book showed how she was able to turn her talent into something wonderful to share with the world. I really enjoyed this book and loved that they even included a great timeline of her life at the end with a few actual photographs of her.
Discussion Question Cards
This little bookmark contains discussion questions that are thought-provoking. I like that some of them are very simple and introspective, asking kids to think about what they were good at and what comforted them, while others addressed some of the important themes from the story. These were more difficult, such as asking them about what they see happening in the world that is not okay. These questions are great for getting some discussions started and I think they could lead to some profoundly important conversations!
Verdict: Little Feminist Book Club sent us a great book this month about an artist that I was not familiar with. I can relate to the idea of finding comfort and your identity in art and Fujikawa’s work is the reason a subscription such as this one has so many diverse books to offer. As for the value of this box, yikes! This book retails for $17.99 and the only extras included this month were a drawing prompt and the discussion questions bookmark. Since this box costs $25.90 ($22.95 + $2.95 shipping), that doesn’t seem quite worth it to me; especially, if you take into account this book’s sale price of only $10.49, which is a huge difference. While I really loved the story and the message, this box was definitely lacking a bit for me.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you order today, your first box will be the February box. From Little Feminist:
Once you purchase a book subscription your first box will be shipped within a week. From then on, your book box will be sent the first week of every month.
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