The golden rule of reading is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t happen … especially with my kid. Sometimes all it takes is a good title to hook her.
And when it came to Sophie Bell’s new girl power series, The UltraViolets, the title said it all. They’re girls, who like purple, and they’re ultra-cool.
What’s not to love when you’re an 8-year-old girl, now really?
Fortunately for this mother of an 8-year-old girl, when I managed to wrest book two, Power to the Purple, from her clutches, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was more than just a colorful title.
I love that there is finally attention given to the fact that girls do not need pink, boys do not need blue, that girls can play with LEGOs and boys with dolls. But even as we’ve shifted toward a more gender-neutral environment, there’s been an unfortunate tendency for some to lash out against all things pink, glittery, puffy … all things that were once “girly.”
Folks, that’s not OK. Girls AND boys can like pink and puffy. Girls AND boys can like blue and boisterous. What we need is freedom of choice for both sides, not a banishing of one or the other.
This is what I found in the Ultra Violets: a merging of the two sides of my daughter that happily co-exist. She can be a fierce female and love pink and purple at the same time, and so can the super-powered Ultra Violets.
It’s not a book for adults — I should put that out there — it’s definitely for kids. But my kid is loving book two enough after Penguin sent us a copy that I’m now on the hunt for book one.
And she’s loving it enough that I asked the folks at the publishing house if they wouldn’t mind sharing one with an Inside Out Motherhood reader. They gladly obliged.
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