A great number of remarkable women have lived throughout history. There have been clever women, manipulative women, courageous women; powerful women. Women have been gifted with many virtues and resources – sadly, these have often been used as their greatest vices.
Girls to the Rescue is a collection of fictional stories recounting the pluck and cunning of ten girls. It is a very short and simple read.
In Hidden Courage, Kristin must overcome her fear of a ferocious mare in order to rescue her cousin.
In Emily and the Underground Railroad, Emily’s adroitness helps two runaway slaves escape into Canada.
In Sarah and the Pickle Jar, Sarah must find a way to pay an unjust fine which has been levied against her father. (This was by far my favorite story in the book).
In Bai and the Tree of Life, Bai opens up a new market with her skillfully woven hats.
In Young Maid Marian and Her Amazing, Astounding Pig, Maid Marion very cleverly cheats the Sheriff of the exorbitant taxes which he swiped from the forest families.
In Kamala and the Thieves, Kamala outwits a local gang and makes a profit into the bargain.
In The Pooka, Tara must keep her head when her sister Caitlyn sprains her ankle in the middle of a thunderstorm.
In The Cloudberry Trifle, Sonja enters a competition, the winner of which will be Royal Chef to the King!
In Maya’s Stone Soup, Maya helps the villagers recover from a flash flood by feeding them and helping them work together.
In Annie and the Black Cat, Annie braves her employers’ wrath by keeping a tiny kitten in her apartment. None of them dream that the cat will one day save the house from a burglary attempt!
The young girls in each of these stories demonstrated strength, ingenuity, and often affection. However, at times they also acted independently, disrespectfully, and disobediently. Here are my concerns.
In Hidden Courage, Kristin’s cousin, Lars, teases her mercilessly. He later apologizes for his meanness.
In Bai and the Tree of Life, Bai disobeys her father’s instructions to weave baskets and weaves hats instead. In the end, her hats make more money than all of her family’s baskets put together and her father concedes to her brilliance.
In Young Maid Marion and Her Amazing, Astounding Pig, Maid Marion uses the ignorance and superstition of the tax collectors to her benefit by pretending that her pig can predict the future.
In Kamala and the Thieves, Kamala’s husband is irresponsible and Kamala does all of the thinking and working. In the end they agree to swap places; he stays home to cook and clean while she works out in the fields.
In The Pooka, Tara’s grandfather tells her stories of a spirit (called a Pooka) that takes the form of different animals. She later thinks that she encounters one, but she quickly realizes that it is only an enormous dog.
In Annie and the Black Cat, Annie disobeys her master and in the end is regarded as a hero because of her disobedience.
Conclusion. This book was such an amalgamation of good and bad character qualities that I find myself unable to give a final opinion of it. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it, but if you’re desperately stocking up books for avid readers, then it’s not the worst you could do.
The book I have just reviewed is the third in a series. I have not read the other books in the series and cannot offer an opinion on them.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret