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Book for a 4 yo which shows that girls are just as good as boys

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SeaEagleFeather Thu 01-Nov-18 14:59:44

<very irritated>

He keeps coming out with 'girls are weak' and "boys win more" and he's only four! God knows where he's getting it from. It certainly isn't home since I'm the one who gets on rooves to shingle them, saws the firewood and rides the motorbike.

Any recommendations for books for a 4 yo with great female models?

Sandinmypants Thu 01-Nov-18 15:06:35

Following OP as I’m in the same situation. My family think it’s hilarious because I wear my feminist values on my sleeve a lot of the time and make a big effort to keep everything equal, but my son is also coming out with some unbelievable stuff about girls it being able to do certain things etc etc 🙄

HotInWinter Thu 01-Nov-18 15:15:03

Zog is quite good (Julia Donaldson), although the second one is a bit more contrived.
Rosie Revere, Engineer is also good. Cant remember who wrote it tho.

Ricekrispie22 Thu 01-Nov-18 19:25:14

Like PP mentioned, Rosie Revere and also Ada Twist Scientist
The Most Magnificent Thing
Violet The Pilot
Amazing Grace
Wild by Emily Hughes
Interstellar Cinderella
Katy and the Big Snow

gnatgnu Thu 01-Nov-18 19:30:02

Pearl Power by Mel Elliot

bittertreats Thu 01-Nov-18 20:05:27

Goodnight stories for rebel girls. They have a range of different books now.

SeaEagleFeather Thu 01-Nov-18 20:10:28

Thanks, ordered some of those. He's got a good heart really!

UrbaneSprawl Thu 01-Nov-18 20:44:38

I like ‘Benjamin & Tulip’ - it’s very funny as well as gently subversive. The girl kicks the boy’s ass, but they end up friends.

Bob Graham has written some good stories with girls in the central role (‘A Bus Called Heaven’, ‘Let’s Get a Pup’), which might help redress the balance a bit.

Also play him or sing him ‘Everything Possible’ by Fred Small at bedtime (preferably the version sung by Roy Bailey).

Move2WY Thu 01-Nov-18 20:46:04

Good a mighty girl OP as that blog often suggests books that empower girls.

Thirtyrock39 Thu 01-Nov-18 20:51:44

My 6yo son loves the little people big dreams range in Waterstones about famous females in history (Rosa parks, Anne frank, coco Chanel etc)
For a fun alternative fairytale princess smarty pants is good by babette Cole

UrbaneSprawl Thu 01-Nov-18 20:54:54

Good call on Princess Smartypants, ThirtyRock - doesn’t she ride a motorbike too?

Beamur Thu 01-Nov-18 20:57:28

Princess Smartypants is funny too.
pippi Longstocking?

StillRunningWithScissors Thu 01-Nov-18 22:49:45

Th Paperback Princess by Robert munsch.

I loved it when I was little, and my daughter does as well.

alexpolistigers Fri 02-Nov-18 10:01:27

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alexpolistigers Fri 02-Nov-18 10:03:19

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ItchySeveredFoot Fri 02-Nov-18 10:05:49

The Paperbag Princess is a favourite in our house. I read it when I was little.

alexpolistigers Fri 02-Nov-18 10:07:03

Not sure what I am doing wrong with the links. But anyway. Sparky, by Millie Slavidou.

JanetLovesJason Fri 02-Nov-18 10:07:42

Another vote for the Paperbag Princess

movehimintothesun Fri 02-Nov-18 10:21:43

I love 'He Bear, She Bear' by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It's an old one (written in the 70's) but a total classic in my opinion. (If it's still in print of course; the copy I have is from the 70's itself!)

slappinthebass Fri 02-Nov-18 10:52:12

Popping Longstocking, The Night Pirates.

Minimonkeysmum Fri 02-Nov-18 11:27:04

Any of the little people big dreams series - real women who did amazing things. Or rosie revere engineer/ada twist scientist - or paperbag princess.

Screaminginsidemeagain Fri 02-Nov-18 11:35:23

Have a look at a mighty girl website. They have loads of great book suggestions and lots over blogs about empowering girls

SmallAndFarAway Fri 02-Nov-18 12:23:54

Pippi Longstocking is great - if he says 'girls are weak' you can ask who is the strongest in the world... Also recommend switching sex when reading books with boy protagonists, girls can have short hair too, you know...

BlueChampagne Fri 02-Nov-18 14:40:03

Katie Morag has a tractor-driving Granny ...

SeaEagleFeather Fri 02-Nov-18 15:08:40

great, thanks!

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