By now I’m sure you’ve noticed… We are Barbie fans. Being a #girlmom it’s impossible not to love a brand that invests and cares so much about empowering woman and inspiring little girls to become all they’ve ever imagined. Mr. Perfect and I agree, we want to teach our girls that they can be anything they want to be and do anything they want to do. They can and should – Dream BIG!
So, when we were asked to review the brand new Barbie: You can be Anything series, we simply couldn’t refuse.
What are the books about?
“You cannot be what you cannot see.”
This is a phrase the Barbie brand stands by in all they do and like the dolls, these books strive to provide girls with a positive role model. Barbie, a young woman that set goals for herself, that dreams big and accomplishes whatever she set her mind to even in the midst of challenges.
It’s not about fitting into stereotypes and perfect clichés but rather about self-discovery. “When a girl plays (or reads) with Barbie she imagines everything she can become – from a doctor, chef, ballerina and figure skater to a photographer and even a mommy blogger!”
Who are the books aimed at?
Obviously aimed at young girls, these books are ideal for a variety of ages. Eliana and Lia are both still too young to read by themselves but enjoy these as the perfect bedtime stories. When they become older and learn to read independently this series can be used as a transition from early readers to young novels.
The font used in this book series is a “grade one” font making it easy to recognise letters of the alphabet and sight words, building confidence and encouraging little ones to learn to read.
The series is also available in English and Afrikaans, making the books available to a new group of emergent readers. Hopefully the success of this series will motivate translation into even more African languages too.
The 1st draw is obviously the illustrations. Even little Ava can’t resist the beautiful, bright pictures and Eli and Lia are always excited to see Barbie take on new roles and professions.
It’s however not only pretty picture but also great stories. Each book tells about a particular challenge experienced and life lesson Barbie learns while exploring different career paths.
When Barbie volunteers at the doctor’s office she gets a glimpse of the daily tasks paediatricians face.
Good hygiene habits are also highlighted and helping young patients overcome their fears of visiting the doctor. Different procedures are shown in the story as Oliver gets a check-up and Lily has a cast removed from her broken arm.
Barbie gets cooking lessons from a chef after she tries to make dinner for her friends but it turns out horribly.
Lia is our little master chef and had a good giggle with Barbie as she tried her hand at making Macaroni… In this story Barbie doesn’t just learn a new recipe but she also realises the importance of rules and following instructions.
And which little girl doesn’t dream about becoming a ballerina at one stage or another?
Barbie and her friend, Teresa want to be professional ballerinas. They practice, concentrate and work hard at mastering every dance move. While visiting the local ballet company they get a glimpse into the world of professional dancers as well as the hard work and determination that’s needed to succeed as well as the wonderful rewards.
In the last book of this series, Barbie learns to figure skate but not without a few “bumps along the ice”.
It’s a story about determination and responsibility as Barbie must learn the consequences of being tardy. At the end our “shero” perseveres teaching fans to take responsibility and to never give up.
Barbie has friends from all walks of life and a variety of ethnic groups.
Throughout the series familiar and new characters of different races are included. I love how this encourages inclusivity, acceptance and tolerance. All values we aim to instil in our girls.
Where to buy the Barbie: You can be Anything series
Leading bookstores and retailers such as PNA and Bargain Books across the country stock the Barbie “You can be anything” series.
WIN YOUR OWN SET OF BARBIE, YOU CAN BE ANYTHING BOOKS (English)
The set includes 4 titles with Barbie investigating a career in figure skating, being a doctor, a chef and a ballerina.
How to enter:
- Please leave a comment below sharing your favourite Barbie or a career she practised. It can be something you remember from childhood or something new. Maybe a career you hope to see her in soon.
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Congratulations Kelly Jennings!
“Let’s inspire today’s girls to be strong, to stand up, to dream big dreams, to become anything that they want to be, and do anything that they want to do.”
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