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.
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.
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.
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Little Feminist Book Club Ages 7-9 March 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.
This month we received a link to look up what indigenous land we used to live on which I thought was pretty cool. It's a great way to bring awareness to the history of our land. They encourage us to learn more about the people who lived there and I think this will be so engaging for children.
Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father’s warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders’ school to learn. The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted. Her tenacity draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to younger readers. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.
The illustrations in this book are really beautiful, but the unkind treatment of Olemaun is not. This book was not a very pleasant read, although I'm not sure it was trying to be. The harsh realities of Olemaun's world and the treatment of her were described vividly, yet somewhat objectively, so I found myself wishing that there was more to infer from the story. I think a child who has not witnessed or experienced such treatment before might have a hard time understanding what is going on and the reasons why without some adult guidance.
While some months the books are able to be enjoyed by younger audiences too, I think this grim tale is definitely better suited to older ages. There was not a great balance of right and wrong throughout this book and it was sad to think that Olemaun had to endure this treatment without anyone to act as her friend or care for her. I wish there was a bit more to this story than just this darker side of things, but this book did show how Olemaun was able to overcome this treatment and persevere in the end. She handled the treatment with grace and dignity and ended up being able to accomplish her goal of reading without anyone's help. This idea of determination despite experiencing injustice is one that will serve as a great example to children!
Discussion Question Cards
These discussion question bookmarks are always a nice addition to the box. They provide a mix of questions, some more in-depth than others, but all of which are thought-provoking whether they are introspective or asking children to put themselves in the character's shoes. I love that they encourage children to think of some "I am" statements which is a great way to instill confidence!
Verdict: This month's Little Feminist Book Club book was a little bit dark and sad, but it demonstrated the harsh realities that indigenous peoples have experienced. I think it brings an important topic to light which is further enhanced by the worksheet activity they included. I also thought the character traits that Olemaun demonstrated were admirable and show what can be done in the face of adversity. She persevered and accomplished something worthwhile that helped her gain confidence in herself. This book retails for $21.95 which is just under the $25.90 ($22.95 + $2.95 shipping) cost of this box. I do find some added value in the fact that this book is unique and they included meaningful discussion questions and an activity for us, so I think, overall, I'm okay with the value we received this month!
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