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Strong is the new pretty : a celebration of girls being themselves / Kate T. Parker.

Parker, Kate T., (author,, photographer.).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780761189138 (trade paperback) :
  • Physical Description: v, 250 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Workman Publishing, 2017.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Confident is strong -- Wild is strong -- Resilient is strong -- Creative is strong -- Determined is strong -- Kind is strong -- Fearless is strong -- Joyful is strong -- Independent is strong.
Summary, etc.:
"Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves. Real beauty isn't about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes, or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Kate T. Parker is a professional photographer who finds the real beauty in girls, capturing it for all the world to see in candid and arresting images. A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it's what's inside you that counts, Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Girls > Psychology.
Self-confidence.
Resilience (Personality trait)
Creative ability.
Genre/Form: Illustrated works.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 February #2
    Professional photographer Parker discovered that the photos she took of her own two daughters being "messy and funny and stubborn and joyful and in your face" were the ones that invariably showed their truest, authentic selves. From this inspiration grew a photo series and website that rapidly drew online attention (and shares a name with this book). These enchanting new images feature about 200 girls, kindergartners to high-school grads, gloriously photographed in black and white and color, alongside their own words. For example, 16-year-old Aris pilots a plane, grinning ear to ear, and says, "The sky is not the limit—it's just a view." Maggie, age 9, still a little sweaty from her soccer game maybe, notes simply "I am fearless." Mia, 8, asks, "You know that sound when you yell into a fan? You should try it sometime," while she and her friends do just that. Parker shows how, whether smiling, looking tough, or helping one another out, these girls of various ages, pasts, and abilities are strong. Positively moving and totally glorious. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
  • Horn Book Guide Reviews : Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring
    Dramatic photos of real girls are paired with stirring quotes from each photo's subject that speak to her unique form of strength, frequently related to athletics, self-expression, confounding expectations, or overcoming adversity. The images are stirring and beautifully composed, the quotes intriguing and inspirational, but absent any context or information about the featured girls, the ultimate effect is somewhat hollow. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2017 January #1

    This collection of girl-power portraiture showcases the message that girls should be encouraged to be themselves, boldly and wildly, eschewing artificial stereotypes perpetuated in a toxic social media culture. Inspired by her two young daughters, Atlanta-based photographer Parker uses her lens, artistic eye, and perspective as a mother to render a beguiling corpus of images of little girls being girls, which means displaying various versions of being strong (section titles include "Wild Is Strong," "Creative Is Strong," and so on.) In the introduction, Parker explains, "I didn't ask them to smile or go put on a pretty dress. I wanted to capture the girls as they were"—except in the case of her daughter Ella, who explains she was "very scared" for her first triathlon. She explains, "My mom took this shot of me the night before and told me that even though I was afraid to race, to try to look tough and fearless." This captures the book's flaw: it feels contrived. Most young girls bear the marks of empowerment unselfconsciously and don't need to be coached. Though the book is intended to celebrate girlhood, its heavy hand signals a more pointed idea of what girlhood ought to be. Photos. (Mar.)

    Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2017 January

    Gr 3–6—What began as Parker's photography project portraying girls has blossomed into a lovely exploration filled with exquisite images of girls and quotes about what makes them strong, beautiful, and confident. (The text emphasizes that beauty has nothing to do with looks; it's what is on the inside that counts.) The book stresses traits such as resilience, creativity, kindness, and independence. Much of the message driving the work is to embrace different and alternative versions of girlhood and to escape the cultural expectations of what girls should aspire to be (pretty, thin, etc.). The photographs are stunning and range from close-up portraits to action shots. Each picture includes a thoughtful quote from the subject ("Strong girls never lose. They only learn, and come back stronger."). VERDICT The large photos invite browsers to linger and contemplate the girl-positive messages. Recommended.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

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