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Franny’s Father Is a Feminist

Rhonda Leet, illus. by Megan Walker. Pow , $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-57687-873-6

Franny is a girl with pink hair, wide eyes, and a pink kitty shirt. With his muscular build and thick, red beard, Franny’s father is a Paul Bunyan look-alike, but he’s also a feminist. What does that mean? “He knows that girls can do anything boys can do, and raises Franny to believe she deserves all the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities that he has. It’s simple, really.” Franny’s dad stays at home while her mom goes to work, he attends her hockey games and ballet recitals, and he’s not afraid to cry. Leet’s timely outing can be a touch on-the-nose—at a protest, a curmudgeonly man holds up a sign saying “No kittens!”—but it forthrightly upends stereotypes about what it means to be a feminist. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 03/05/2018
Release date: 03/06/2018

                             FRANNY'S FATHER IS A FEMINIST by Rhonda Leet  Franny receives Kirkus star!



by Rhonda Leet ; illustrated by Megan Walker
Age Range: 4 – 7

Little readers learn what it means to be a feminist.

As the title says, Franny’s father is a feminist. Feminists, small print explains, believe “that girls can do everything boys can do, and…[that girls deserve] all the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities that” boys have. The story goes on to explore what it means to raise a child with an equal-opportunity philosophy, highlighting Franny’s father’s childhood as a budding feminist and showing several real-world examples of how feminism influences Franny’s development. Franny and her father are white, but Franny’s friend Sasha is black, as is her father (who also happens to be a feminist). The illustrations boast cartoon characters with pop eyes. The color palette mixes pinks, baby blues, and greens to excellent effect, mirroring the muddying of traditional gender roles—Franny’s father is the primary caregiver, while Franny’s mom “has an important job” outside the home. The book’s tone is informative rather than preachy, presenting feminism not as the only way to be but rather a sensible caregiving choice. Some caregivers may be able to use this title to sort out their own feelings on the subject.

An excellent primer on what feminism and allyship entail. (Picture book. 4-7)

“I’m super excited to go see and support Rhonda Leet at her book signing at Barnes and Noble. During my kindergarten student teaching placement, Rhonda showed me what it meant to teach from the heart and helped mold me into the teacher I am today. I’m so incredibly proud of her strength to speak up for what’s right and how she always follows her dreams. Thank you for all you do and for the positive impact you’ve made on others!”  Heather H. 2/2/18

a barnes sign & me


I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my picture book, Franny’s Father is a Feminist (Pow!KidsBooks)  March 6, 2018!


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