No Damsels in Distress

I realize there are lots of kids out there that love a feather boa, tiara and a sensible pair of heels. I understand that tons of boys and girls enjoy a fairy tale with a prince rescuing a princess and living happily ever after.

But on behalf of all the independent girls who hate pink, I object. I don’t need to be rescued, thankyouverymuch, and I don’t want to make young girls think they need to sit around waiting for a prince or a party or permission to be creative.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” by Ian Falconer was my whole inspiration for this article! In this latest book in the Olivia series, there are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! I loved Olivia’s smart and unconventional ideas of what she could grow up to be. Continue reading

Classics for Kids: Anne of Green Gables

Book cover for Anne of Green Gables by L. M. MontgomeryI’m the mama of a spunky, freckled redhead, so it is no wonder that I am partial to heroines like Anne Shirley, the spunky, freckled and redheaded main character of “Anne of Green Gables” (1908) by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Anne is an orphan who is sent by mistake to live with a middle-aged brother and sister on Prince Edward Island. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were expecting a strong young boy to help out on the farm, and at first Marilla wants to send Anne back to the orphanage. Kind-hearted Matthew convinces his sister to let Anne stay, and over the course of the book the reserved Marilla lets herself be won over by Anne’s spirit and intelligence, deciding to overlook the mischief into which Anne’s imagination often leads her. Continue reading