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 selected 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 4-7 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.)
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The Subscription Box: Little Feminist Book Club
The Cost: $23.75 per month + $2.95 flat rate shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: At least one book (sometimes more) and hands-on activities and tools to help bring your book to life.
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Little Feminist Book Club Box March 2021 Review
I received this welcome card introducing this month's books. They go over a few details about the book and how you can share your thoughts with them after reading the book with your little ones!
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Lea Thomas - Retail Value $18.95 (found on sale here for $17.87)
My son's name is Fox, so he was really excited that this book's main character was named Swift Fox. This book was so interesting and the illustrations were vivid and engaging. There is one point in the book where Swift Fox is embarrassed and leaves her family's house and my son, looking at the illustrations, mentioned how she was crying. The pictures really do bring the story together in a big way, especially for my son who is a visual learner. The story of Swift Fox's experiences of learning how to be Mi’kmaq is based on the author's similar experiences. Swift Fox goes to spend the day with her Dad to meet her extended family, but her Dad tells her that she is going to learn how to be Mi’kmaq, which is a First Nations person of the Northeastern Woodlands. She is so nervous and doesn't feel connected to that family or know what to do, but she quickly discovers herself after talking to one of her cousins that are also feeling a little lost at first. This story is all about finding yourself and connecting to your heritage. The note from the author at the end mentioned how she really struggled to connect with her heritage at a younger age, but that she is still slowly becoming more confident in her family's traditions. My son really connected to this story, and was so interested in learning more about Swift Fox's family traditions, and that brought up a whole discussion of what our family heritage and traditions are. He even asked if Swift Fox was a real person that he could talk to about her family!
When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger. Though her father reassures her that Mi’kmaq is who she is from her eyes to her toes, Swift Fox doesn’t understand what that means. Her family welcomes her with smiles and hugs, but when it’s time to smudge and everyone else knows how, Swift Fox feels even more like she doesn’t belong.
Then she meets her cousin Sully and realizes that she’s not the only one who’s unsure—and she may even be the one to teach him something about what being Mi’kmaq means. Based on the author’s own experience, with striking illustrations by Maya McKibbin, A Long Way to a New Place is a poignant story about identity and belonging that is at once personal and universally resonant.
What Do You Think Card
Each book comes with a 'What Do You Think' card that provides questions that you can ask your little reader about the book. Each side is broken out by age, which I find so helpful. Fox had a lot of questions throughout this book so the discussion cards were extra helpful to keep him talking and to start a dialogue to allow more questions if he wanted. I really loved asking him when he has felt butterflies in his tummy. He obviously said that school and meeting new friends. Another question that I loved was about food that our family eats that you think is the best in the world like Swift Fox's bread that her Dad makes? He said that he loves my spaghetti and meatballs, and I told him why I love my Mom's Irish soda bread so much. Another important question for Fox from the card was where he goes when he feels sad like when Swift Fox hid under the porch. I think that talking through books even after we are done reading is such a great way to spend time together, to connect, and to talk about feelings and beyond. These information cards tend to be my favorite in the box after the book because I get to learn a little more about what my son is thinking!
Little Feminist In Action: Identity Map
This month's Little Feminist In Action page is an identity map. I fully loved working on this with Fox! There is a little map that is for Swift Fox, another reason why my son thought that maybe Swift Fox was real and someone he could talk to right away. On the page, they encourage your little one to list all of the things that make up who they are, their identity. It also encourages you and your little one to go over what they like about their identity and what they are proud of. Fox thought about his identity for a few minutes and quickly named off the things that he felt made him, him. He said that he is a boy, a son, a brother to Philomena, a good listener, smart, a good athlete, and a music fan. My heart could not handle this! What a fun activity to do together that really allowed me to just watch my son tell me why he is who he is.
Verdict: This month's Little Feminist Book Club was filled with so many learnings and chances to discuss things like identity and heritage with my son Fox. It was an added bonus that the main character's name was Swift Fox so my son really seemed to connect with her. The book taught us about discovering who you are, finding that from within, and connecting to it through the help and traditions that your family holds. I grew up with so many family traditions, and I have worked very hard since starting my own family to blend traditions from my family and my husband while still creating a new sense of who we are. I also have done some deep dives into my great grandparents who came here as immigrants to learn more about their journey to try to connect with that part of myself. I always try to teach Fox those things and to let him know the deep history that got me here and ultimately him here and how we are all connected to that. Swift Fox's story of finding who she was and growing into a family that loved her really hit home for me. This month's discussion card and activity page were more lessons for Fox. He was about to identify what he does when he feels sad when he has had butterflies in his tummy, and exactly what makes him who he is. This month brought so many lessons right to my door all from a beautifully written and illustrated book that I know my son is going to enjoy for years to come!
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