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Girl, you're amazing!
Kroll, Virginia L.
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Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Rhyming text celebrates the many remarkable things that girls can achieve, from packing a lunchbox and lacing their shoes to swishing a basketball and climbing a tree.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 49485.
Local Note:
Rare Book Room copy signed by the author.
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Do you know an amazing girl?

Maybe she can swish a basketball through the hoop or play the saxophone. Or else she writes stories -- or perhaps she's great at math. She's got the power to do anything she wants! Maybe she's YOU!

Virginia Kroll's exuberant rhymes celebrate the abilities and potential of girls everywhere. Melisande Potter's illustrations bring spontaneous charm to this spirited tribute.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. In snappy, upbeat rhymes, girls are told they can create, learn, perform, and accomplish an amazing variety of feats, from packing their own lunches to becoming a food drive director; e.g. "Girl, you're amazing, the things that you are! / Great babysitter and spelling bee star." Bearing a strong resemblance to the art of Giselle Potter, the spirited mixed-media artwork reflects the bounce and optimism of the text. The few males pictured, alas, clearly need female assistance. Similar in spirit to Norma Klein's Girls Can Do Anything (1973), this exhortation for female empowerment may fit that earlier era better than today, but this does encourage girls to realize their talents and pursue their dreams. --Linda Perkins

Publisher's Weekly Review

This volume celebrates present-day creativity and future potential, with the title providing a touch point for the optimistic verses: "Girl, you're amazing, the art you create!/ T-shirts in tie-dye, a Mother's day plate,/ / Girl, you're amazing, the sport you can be!/ Swishing that basketball, climbing a tree." Each sunny stanza accompanies scenes of girls working and playing; an all-girl orchestra performs as dancers leap, ballplayers congratulate each other after a game and a calm girl "cool[s] a quarrel" between two friends. Kroll (Hands!; A Carp for Kimiko) composes couplets that might refer to one special person or to many talented people. She closes with a long, rhyming list ("Grace, Emma, Jess, Amy, Chelsea, Christine,/ Cheryl, Dawn, Geetha, Kim, Rachel, Maureen...") in which one's own name, or a friend's, very likely appears. Potter also aims for inclusion in her hip gouaches, which feature girls of all races and appearances. Asymmetrical faces, fashionably mismatched patterns and a quirky palette of faded blue-green, pasty pink and dim yellow recall her daughter Giselle Potter's cerebral-but-groovy artwork; the compositions are not quite as accomplished, but the characters possess an equal amount of verve and joie de vivre. Because the pictured athletes and scientists often appear older than the usual picture book audience, this whimsical appreciation might address elementary-schoolers, big sisters and mothers alike. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-A joyous celebration of today's female. The affirmation and encouragement found here should be repeated loud and often to girls everywhere, not just for the message, but also because the book is fun. The lilting and rhythmic poem literally sings the praises of all girls and their many and diverse talents. Each verse begins with the phrase, "Girl, you're amazing-." The author builds from "-the things you can do" to "-the power you've got"-from packing a lunchbox to cooling a quarrel and looking the class bully in the eye. The mixed-media illustrations are a colorful continuation of the song as they show girls "Swishing that basketball, climbing a tree-." They dance across the page to the rhythm of the poem, and their naive simplicity is both whimsical and powerful. Each young woman is the picture of confidence, determination, and joy, and the variety and diversity celebrated in the words take shape naturally in the ethnic and cultural representations in the folk-art-style pictures. Expect this one to become a favorite.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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