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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.