As the cover says, a celebration, but also a lot of reminders. Ask questions! Make friends (some like you, and some not!) Be brave! And if something tells you to say no, say no!
While some, like the latter, are serious, the overall tone of the book is positive and lighthearted, (Make your room awesome. Make your room you. And while you're at it, make your bed!)
A joint project between the ever-popular Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter, Paris, one can't help but wonder if there are some family stories behind some (if not all) of these "Dear Girl" letters. Would either of the Rosenthals care to chime in?
Illustrations are a charming mix of media and textures, worth taking a look at all on their own. A perfect gift for a young lady at any age, which brings us to:
Present this book to your favorite young woman along with the promise of adventure and exploration. Take her places where she can try new things, or maybe learn alkittle more about herself. And make sure that she knows, as the final pages say, that she can always always always turn to you.
***This book has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am one of many judges. My opinions should not be construed as inclusion on or exclusion from the final short list.