Abigail's Amazing Dad

Children - Social Issues
34 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2023
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Author Biography

Abigail’s Amazing Dad is a girl’s empowerment autobiography at a time when our young girls need it most.

In the March 2023 CDC report titled, “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” a grim state of teenage girls is depicted. Specifically, the report finds 1 in 3 high school girls considered suicide up 60% from a decade ago, 13.5% of teenage girls report being forced to have sex up 18% since the CDC started tracking the figure, and almost 3 in 5 teenage girls reported feeling so depressed almost every day for at least two weeks in a row during the previous year that they stopped regular activities. That figure is double the share of boys and the highest in a decade.

This book is aimed at reversing those figures immediately. My father celebrated women from his mother to Ann Richards and this book provides a blueprint for other fathers or any caregivers to see what that support means to young girls.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Abigail’s father is truly amazing! He takes time to encourage Abigail to be whatever she wants to be, even if it’s the President of the United States. He has her listen to a strong, female commentator who speaks about the power of women and their abilities to do anything. As the commentator reflects, “If you give women a chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Sadly, many young people today might not know anything about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but that can always open another avenue for discussion between a father and his daughter. The point is: women can do anything. Look at Margaret Thatcher! And there are so many other examples to inspire young girls to reach for the stars and believe in themselves.

Abigail Maines’ picture book, Abigail’s Amazing Dad, is a tribute to her dad and his role in her life. The language is simple and suitable for young readers and the illustrations are spectacular and certainly help move the story forward. The story follows Abigail as she shares discussions with her father about various roles a woman can undertake. She shares her dreams and he encourages her to reach even further. To extend the sense of empowerment, Abigail shares with her friends what she discussed with her father. Now more young girls are reaching for the stars and beyond. The story is inspiring, even more so because it is a true story; it’s Abigail the author’s story. It will certainly help young girls reach their full potential and become strong leaders of the future.