K-8 Books With Female Protagonists

Cheryl McLaughlin (mclaughl@pps.pgh.pa.us)
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 23:02:33 -0400 (EDT)

Jennifer, don't know if you were around when this message was posted last
month. It might be just what you are looking for.

ALSO, I remember a book call "Mean Francine" that I bought for my daughter
when she was being bullied by a neighborhood boy. She took it very
seriously and tried out the techniques demonstrated in the book
immediately, scaring me almost to death! It worked! He never "messed
with" her again! One of the lines repeated often in the book is "you
better not mess with ME." Sorry I don't remember the author.

Old, and possibly trite, but the old favorites --
Pippi Longstocking, Amelia Bedelia, the Peanuts series of books (Lucy Van
Pelt -- one of my childhood AND current heros).

There is some dispute about the American Girl series of books -- some
think they are too "packaged" but I liked the ONE that I read. It was
about a little girl crossing the prarie with his dad, who suffers a broken
leg in the middle of a blizzard. She takes over the carriage, despite his
protests taht she is "only a girl" and saves both of them from freezing to
death, by driving them to a cave taht she knows about in an area where she
had been forbidden to play, because it was known for having "savages"
nearby. She'd disobeyed her dad and in doing so made friends with a
native American girl who showed her the cave. I loved it, and so did my
younger daughter.

don't forget -- scroll down for the original message with the URL for
bookstore on line.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 15:36:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brvgirls@aol.com
Reply-To: edequity@tristram.edc.org
Subject: Brave Girls and Strong Women Bookstore online


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