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Stories for South Asian Super Girls by Raj Kaur Khaira

Stories for South Asian Supergirls

Raj Kaur Khaira

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Category: Children's
Imprint: KASHI HOUSE
Publisher: KASHI HOUSE
Publication date: 6 May 2019
ISBN: 9781911271222

Through the inspirational stories of 50 famous and under-celebrated women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, South Asian girls will have a chance to dream about lives for themselves that radically differ from the limited narratives and stereotypes written for them.

3 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
25 May 2019

"motivating tales with a south Asian accent"

The phenomenon of potted histories of great rebel women/boys/brave animals continues. As well-meaning as they are, sometimes you wonder how many more one-page odes to Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale or Lassie a child really needs. This new collection, by Raj Khaur Khaira, is a little different... There is someone here for every girl and boy — budding lawyers, climbers, film-makers and mountaineers — although it may appeal especially to Asian children, who are less likely to find role models who look a bit like them on the library shelves... I did cringe a little at some of the language. Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the exiled king of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria who got on the wrong side of many powerful men as she fought for women to get the vote, is described as a “feisty suffragette”. Which makes her sound more Spice Girl than freedom fighter. A quibble in an inspiring book.

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