This is a wonderful book about seven important women who have made and shaped Canada the place that it is. These women were brave, courageous and fierce–the exact traits that make women great at any time.
This book is written for kids. I believe it is important for all girls who read this book. Perhaps it will inspire them to be great, one day and one life at a time.
Greatness is not something that is spoken a lot about any more. Yet, the literature on excellence and how to be your best is perhaps at its highest. Is there a bit of a gap in our curriculum? Perhaps these kinds of books should be on more school curricula.
The women showcased in this book battled bears and cougars, traversed mountains and extreme terrain, endured hardship during wartime and challenged ideas of what was appropriate for women in their time.
The women showcased are:
- Marguerite de la Roque who survived alone on an island for years after being abandoned by her guardian.
- Ttha’ naltther, a teenager, used her determination and powers of persuasion to bring peace between the Nehiyawak and the Dene.
- Victoria Cheung who concealed her Canadian citizenship in order to remain in wartime South China and continue to treat patients.
Four other women were showcased. But I will leave it to the reader to perhaps go to their local library and pick up this book if I have tweaked your attention.
These women and their stories are fierce because women’s stories don’t often make it to the pages of history books. Their lives are lived off the page, their stories are passed down through family lore and oral tradition. But at every moment in history, at a place in Canada near you, there have been women with inspiringly daring tales. We’re finally hearing these stories.
I loved this book, and I will be talking to teachers to make them aware of this book if they are not aware of it already.