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She's All That: Poems about Girls

by Belinda Hollyer (selector)

Published by Kingfisher, 2006
128 pages
ISBN: 0753458527

Ages 9-12

“I’m not / a / sugar and spice / girl / an all-things-nice / girl / a do-as-told / good-as-gold / pretty frock / never shock / girl . . . ” The opening lines of Adrian Henri’s poem “What Are Little Girls . . . ” sets the stage for this vibrant anthology exploring many aspects of being young and female. Girls today, notes compiler Belinda Hollyer in her introduction, “add ingredients of their own choosing” to their definition of what it means to be a girl. The poems here share perspectives on girlhood from 67 diverse writers, ranging from Maya Angelou to Ogden Nash, Gertrude Stein to Judith Viorst. The poems affirm individuality even as they echo feelings and experiences with which many young readers can identify, from a passion for soccer or dancing to the joys and trials of friendship to the importance of family and culture in their lives. (MS) ©2006 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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