Edelweiss Mini Reviews: May 10

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend!

I’m here to share with you some books I received on Edelweiss this week. I received these books in exchange for an honest review.

A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future by Kylie Cheung
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Genre: Non-Fiction/Women’s Studies
Release Date: July 21, 2020

A Woman’s Place has valuable information about the state of feminism, coming from the viewpoints of a prominent voice from the Fourth Wave. Kylie Cheung does not hold back as she reflects on the struggles women still undertake in order to have their voices heard in academics, politics and social settings. She highlights how the Trump administration made the journey for equal rights in America all the more difficult with its discriminatory policies. While social media has helped make opinions more accessible for everyone (and Kylie Cheung speaks about the increasing power this outlet has over the world), the uphill climb still holds true for many women.

I found Cheung’s discourse very refreshing, like a breath of fresh air! It’s been quite a while since I came across material speaking about women’s inequality so honestly.

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh
Genre: Non-Fiction/Children’s Literature
Publisher: Kids Can Books
Release Date: October 6, 2020

111 Trees tells the story of Sundal Paliwal’s mission to teach his village the importance of a girl’s presence. Sundal was raised in a small Indian village, whose residents carry antiquated customs on a woman’s role in society. Through some hard losses and lessons, Sundal was able to guide his people in valuing the role of women, along with respecting the environment.

This story is written for a younger audience, but it’s presented in a way that’s easy for children to understand Sundal’s story. The illustrations are also eye-catching, the images of lush greenery emphasizing the urgency to respect the natural world. It is very comforting to have resource material centering around a male figure sharing the importance of a woman’s role in our world today!

Have you come across these stories? If so, what are your thoughts?

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