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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
This picture book is about women and their strength. Different women in various professions are shown to illustrate that girls can become who they want to be, whatever it is – even if it is in a male-dominated field. What You Can Do, I Can Too is written by Helen Vallaeys and illustrated by Dani Ward. Reading this story made me feel empowered. Sure, this book is focused on inspiring young girls but Helen Vallaeys wrote it so skilfully that even a grown up like me felt like anything is possible in this world. The story was that good. It has the ability to touch older readers but the story is easy to read through and understand for the intended audience as well.
The rhymes were fun to read and the words were easy to follow. The author was able to introduce some almost difficult words but with the way they are phrased, children will be able to understand the definition. That means, they learn not only life lessons but also vocabulary – good for communication! As fun as the story is, it really delivers well. This colorful story is for young girls to realize that they have the potential to be anything in this world. It is a wonderful guide for kids to tackle sexism and overcome obstacles brought about by prejudice.
The illustrations by Dani Ward serve as a helpful nudge in the right direction. Colorful and age-appropriate but with a hint of realism. What You Can Do, I Can Too is a powerful tool that can entertain girls but can also help them achieve their dreams. This book can also be read to boys. It could be a great lesson for them to uplift and encourage girls instead of putting the latter in a box. This story is highly recommended and a definite must-have.