A Girl Like Me

Millbrook. Feb. 2020. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781541557772.
PreS-Gr 2–Black girls lead the way in this story about defining oneself and making the world a better place. Three girls take turns sharing their dreams about flying high, standing tall, and being free. Each girl’s dream is scuttled by people telling her that “a girl like you” should not be doing the amazing things she does in her dreams, that “a girl like you” should be like everyone else. “Once I dreamed I swam/the ocean/and saw everything deep,/cool/ and was part of the waves. I swam on by the people/onshore hollering, ‘A girl like you needs to/stay out of the water/and be dry,/like everyone else.’” The three boldly take charge of their dreams. They gather the capes, hats, and scarves that represent them and expand their visions to include other girls as they proudly take up space in the world, sure of their value and confident in their power to create real-world change. Crews’s signature photo-collage style is the perfect artistic choice for this book, using photos of real girls and beautiful cityscapes in combination with recurring shapes, textures, and symbols that tie the dreamy spreads in with the real-world ones.
VERDICT An excellent addition for all collections.

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