This charmingly illustrated entry in a wonderful series tells the story of Simone de Beauvoir, an early and great feminist thinker. As always in the books by Vegara, a young girl’s story is simply and appealingly told.
Simone began life in a wealthy Parisian family whose fortunes changed. As a result, Simone would not have sufficient money for a wedding dowry, but she did get an excellent education. Simone’s academic and writing lives are emphasized and the reader also meets the love of her (nontraditional) life), Jean-Paul Sartre.
Favorite quotes from the book:
“Simone thought this was unfair. She had become a feminist before the word even existed!”
“He was not just her soul mate, he was her mind mate, too!”
“And thanks to little Simone, we now know that we’re not born men or women-just special human beings with a life full of choices to make.”
This book is a lovely reminder of the importance of girls growing up to be women who are free to make choices. Highly recommended.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.