Hello, friends! Our book today is Franny’s Father Is A Feminist, written by Rhonda Leet and illustrated by Megan Walker, a lovely look at the definition of feminism.
Franny’s father is a feminist. What does that mean? Well, Franny’s father believes that his daughter (and everyone else’s daughters too) can do anything boys can do, and that they deserve to have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities. Franny’s father supports his daughter’s interests no matter what they are – ballet, mechanical engineering, even just stomping in mud puddles – because he believes that there’s no such thing as “boy hobbies” or “girl hobbies”. He takes care of Franny before and after school because her mother works long hours at a very important job – though both her parents agree that raising Franny is the most important job of all. He’s not afraid to let Franny know that boys and men are allowed to cry, and he tries to inspire Franny with stories of female role models like Ruby Bridges and Malala Yousafzai. Franny’s father is a feminist, because he believes that boys and girls deserve a world in which they are treated equally.
Loved. This. Seeing as the definition of “feminism” is something that even some adults have trouble with, this story is perfect for introducing the concept to little ones, as well as the fact that feminists are often men. The story remains light, but still touches on many topics relating to feminism in a way that is easily understood and encourages further conversation. The cartoonish illustrations are bright, colorful, and eye-catching, and filled with wonderful details. The length was great, and JJ and I loved it. My only wish would be that more boy-related gender stereotypes had been tackled as well, showing that male equality is as much a part of the feminist mindset as female equality is – in the sequel, perhaps? Otherwise a fabulously feminist family tale, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!