Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Woman Day : Fab Role Models For Little Girls


Today, in the car, we were discussing, my partner and I, about how little exiting the literature for little girls is.
Anouk received once a hand-me-down coloring book with Disney princesses (that she loves, unfortunately) and my partner was deploring its stupidity.

For the moment, Anouk mostly owns pictures books that aren't gender orientated, but when she'll be older, I really want her to have interesting role models.

I immediately think about two extraordinary role models for little girls. Both funny, crazy, busy, self confident and super cute. And I would love my little girl to be inspired by them :

1. Eloïse, Kay Thompson's character

Eloise is a six-year-old girl who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee.

I love that her room is not "tidy".

I love that she hates "love stories".

She is so sweet, self confident and full of tenderness.

Really, every little girl should look like her!

All pics are from Kay Thompson's book, but please go checks the links, you'll read the testimony of grown-up Eloïse's lovers.

Improvised life says, for example :

"The other night a friend who was recuperating from an injury asked us to tell him a story as he fell asleep. A story, we wondered, h-mm-mm. Why not read a kid’s book for this exhausted, wounded grown-up. Looking through our library, an ancient copy of Kay Thompson’s Eloise jumped into our hands. As we read it aloud, we marveled at the precocious little girl on the loose in the great hotel. We’d totally forgotten the story: a self-possessed kid surviving in the face of a wealthy mom who wasn’t there, and a nanny who was. Eloise used her unfettered imagination to act out, fabulously."

2. Pippi Langstrumpf, Astrid Lidgren's character:

Again, a sad story : no mother, no father. Yet Pippi is the most enthousiastic and optimistic character EVER.

She is the nicest, she is tough, she is clever, she's got guts and backchat.

She is fab!

Via : 

Credit : Illustration of Karin Engelking

Via : Luebeck

Via : Bz-Berlin

I wish you a fun and exiting Woman Day!

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