Book Review: Artemisia of Caria by: Shirin Yim Bridges

Artemisia of Caria: The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses
Publisher: Goosebottom Books
Publish Date: 2 October 2010
Origins: Publicist for Review
Format: Hardcover

Thousands of years ago, in the world of the Ancient Greeks where women were expected to obey their husbands in all matters, to play no part in public life, and to stay inside the house, a princess grew up to be not only a sailor and a ship's captain, but a famous admiral. Her name was Artemisia, and among all the commanders fighting on the Persian side during the great Persian Wars, she alone dared to give Xerxes an honest opinion. Richly illustrated and narrated with touches of irreverent humor, this book brings to life the story of a real and remarkable princess whose spirit prompted the Persian Great King, Xerxes, to declare, "My men have become women, and my women men!" Shirin Yim Bridges' first picture book, Ruby's Wish, was named one of the Best Children's Books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly, and won the Ezra Jack Keats award for 2003. It is on several state reading lists and has been translated into six languages. The Umbrella Queen, Shirin's second book, was named one of the Best Children's Books of 2009 by TIME/CNN and the Bank Street College of Education. Both books are about girls who manage to do what few think possible. Now, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses brings Shirin's lyrical storytelling to some of the most inspiring tales in history - about girls who really did manage to do what few thought possible. Albert Nguyen grew up in Minnesota before moving to San Francisco. He received his MFA from the Academy of Art in 2006. In addition to being fond of drawing, painting, comics, and cartoons, Albert has a special affection for chubby animals. This is his first children's book.

This will be a pretty short review because this book is a children's book and pretty short. This is one of the few children's books I have read and reviewed on my blog but it is different because it is a learning book for children. The tag line is "The Thinking Girl's Treasury for Real Princesses" which actually fits quite well. I enjoyed the history of in this book. It was well written and pretty easy to understand. I think many young girls would find this book fun and fascinating. I enjoyed this short read and I think any young girl, or even older girl, would enjoy it as well.

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