Bergers Book Review
March 19, 2018 Posted by Bergers Book Reviews
Feminism has gotten a bad reputation lately, but if you look up the word in the dictionary, it simply means “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Franny’s father is totally on board with this. He believes Franny can do anything boys can do, and he helps her out as much as possible.
When Franny plays sports, he’s there to cheer her on. When she goes fishing, he shows her how to bait her own hook. And when her bicycle needs repairs, he makes sure she knows which tools to use. Franny’s dad doesn’t limit her to household chores like cooking and laundry. He lets her do the things she enjoys.
The illustrations of this burly, bearded man with his little pink-haired daughter are really precious. It’s obvious through his actions and expressions that he loves her dearly and wants what’s best for her. I enjoyed this unusual take on feminism, and I highly recommend Franny’s Father is a Feminist. Reviewer: Alice Berger
Franny’s Father Is a Feminist
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.)
Release date: 03/06/2018
Franny receives Kirkus star!
FRANNY’S FATHER IS A FEMINIST
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
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my picture book, Franny’s Father is a Feminist (Pow!KidsBooks) March 6, 2018!