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Little Feminist Book Club Ages 4-7 September 2021 Review + Coupon

Carlos Lamborn
ByCarlos LambornSep 23, 2021 | 2 comments

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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 for $22.95 per month + $2.95 flat rate shipping. 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.

COUPON: Use code SUBADDICTION to save $10 on any subscription!

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.)

First Impressions

The box is instantly recognizable. My daughter immediately knew it was for her and I suspect she will be very excited when our second installment arrives next month. She loves mail, presents, and books. So this subscription was a hit before we even turned a page.

What’s Inside The Box

 

In addition to the book(s), Little Feminist includes an introduction to the book (which has an activity on the reverse side. See below) and a bookmark with thought-provoking questions. I think next month I’m going to resist the urge to read these papers until after we’ve read the book, as they asked questions that I then looked to answer rather than make my own reflections. Or maybe I’m overthinking it.

An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold – Retail Value $17.99 (currently $8.69 on Amazon)

 

The story revolves around two ordinary houses on an ordinary street on an ordinary day. A car pulls up to each house and out of each car comes a visitor with a stethoscope around their neck. In one house, a family is gathered around a dog. In the other, a family gathers around a woman. The dog is nearing the end of life. The woman is about to give birth to a new life. While one family says “goodbye,” the other says “hello,” and to others outside it is just an ordinary day. But that does not mean there were no extraordinary moments.

I spend so much time thinking about what my kids will remember, for better or worse. What will make an ordinary day extraordinary? My daughter has a great memory for details and is usually very perceptive. She has been introduced to the concept of death with the loss of great-grandparents and the concept of life with the birth of her brother and cousins. I thought the book told a great story in a great way. By telling parallel stories heading in different directions, it was able to tell a somber reality but soften it with a hopeful one. I think this book struck both chords with her and made her both sad and joyful. It will be interesting to see if she wants to read this book again.

From Amazon:

An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be quite extraordinary in this moving story about the circle of life.

It’s an average day in the neighborhood—children play, roses are watered, and a crow watches over it all. But then two visitors arrive at two houses, one to help a family say hello to a new baby and one to help a family say goodbye to a beloved pet. This sensitive picture book takes a gentle look at life, death, the bonds of family, and the extraordinary moments that make ordinary days so special.

 

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. I find it’s nice to have a little help sometimes when explaining things to my daughter or trying to get her to tell me about her day. Sometimes my way of talking is curt or narrow. These questions are very age-appropriate and elicited answers I probably wouldn’t have gotten on my own.

Little Feminist In Action: Feel Better Strategies

This month’s Little Feminist In Action page asks you and your child to each illustrate what happened during the day and compare them. How were they different? How were they the same? There are a few questions to help get the creative juices flowing. I think this is a wonderful exercise and one I’m going to try to use going forward. The only thing with this activity is that you draw on the same paper. I think it will be better to use separate sheets because if I know my daughter she will just draw what I draw.

Verdict

This was our first Little Feminist Book Club and we were very pleased with it. I think this was the first book we read that involved death and my girl found that a little interesting. While her interests were more focused on the little details of the book, which there are many, I really enjoyed the way the story was told. I can’t say I would have thought to buy this book on my own, but if these are the type of books we will be receiving with this subscription, I will look forward to it. Time will still tell if this one has an impact on her, how often she’ll want to reread it, or if it will resonate at an older age. Whether the book is a hit or not, my son will also have a chance to read these books a few years from now. I like knowing we have some quality and purposeful books on our shelves for years to come.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

Normally, this is where I say the value of the box is more than the cost and subscribers are saving “x” amount of dollars by having this subscription. However, this box is – and I suspect always will be – a negative dollar value because this subscription’s true value is the quality of the books and the material from Little Feminist. If you are focused on dollar amounts, this subscription may not be for you. However, if you are interested, you can find value in knowing that your child will receive a book with an impactful, stimulating, age-appropriate message through its story and illustrations. Plus there is the complimentary paperwork, which creates a little structure.

Having said that, this particular month, the price difference is stark. The subscription is $26. The book retails for $18. It’s currently on Amazon for less than $9. I’m not sure if that is a limited-time sale or what, but that’s a gap of $17. Normally, I would urge someone to avoid Amazon if it’s a few dollar difference, but saving $17 is a hard bargain to turn down. Hopefully moving forward big bad Amazon will not undercut the prices of Little Feminist so drastically.

COUPON: Use code SUBADDICTION to save $10 on any subscription!

To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, order before the 25th to receive that month’s selection. 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.

COUPON: Use code SUBADDICTION to save $10 on any subscription!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist.

Do you subscribe to Little Feminist Book Club Box? Comment below with what you thought.

Little Feminist is a children’s book and activity subscription that focuses on diversity and gender equality, teaching 0-9 year old girls and boys (yes, boys can be feminists too!) empathy and perseverance. Books-of-the-month are selected by a team of educators, librarians, and parents, who then cre... read more.
Carlos Lamborn
Carlos Lamborn
Carlos is a husband and father of two. He likes coffee, beer, camping, disc golf, a good box cutter, and the accomplishment of even the most menial home-owning task. Carlos is new to the world of subscription boxes and loves the wonderment of receiving them in the new mailbox he just spent all day installing.

Carlos Lamborn
Carlos Lamborn
Carlos is a husband and father of two. He likes coffee, beer, camping, disc golf, a good box cutter, and the accomplishment of even the most menial home-owning task. Carlos is new to the world of subscription boxes and loves the wonderment of receiving them in the new mailbox he just spent all day installing.
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2 comments

Jeanne Sager

I sooooo wish this had been around when my kiddo was younger!

Carlos Lamborn

It’s certainly a hit in our house. It’s nice to have it for our oldest, because we’ll get to save the books for our youngest. Thanks for commenting.

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