Hello, friends! Our book today is I Am A Warrior Goddess, written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates, a collection of girl-power affirmations for little readers.
“I am a warrior goddess,” proclaims the young unnamed protagonist, red hair swirling in the breeze. She shares tidbits of what that means with the reader: each day she greets the sun, the earth, and the wind. She prepares her mind and body for “battle” by keeping fit and reading books, respectively. She exhibits kindness, the most powerful weapon of all. She leads the strong, and protects the weak. She is fierce yet grateful, and always proud to be herself. At the end of her day, she thanks the sun, the earth, and the air once more, then tucks into bed – even warrior goddesses need their sleep.
Apparently this book is based off an adult New Age self-improvement book called Warrior Goddess Training – I’ve never read the book, so I can’t speak to this connection. As a stand-alone, however, this is a perfectly nice set of female-empowerment spreads; not particularly ground-breaking, perhaps, but always good reminders nonetheless. A focus on fostering qualities like kindness and gratitude – and how doing so makes a girl no less strong or powerful – is wonderful to see, as is an encouragement toward leadership and intelligence. The illustrations are pleasant and brightly-colored enough to hold a young reader’s attention. And the length is fine – in fact, this may work best for younger bookworms as an introduction to girl-power themes. JJ enjoyed it, and this was a cute and encouraging read overall. Baby Bookworm approved!