Aly and I have had the exciting opportunity to read a great novel that inspires young girls to be their best and shows them that they can do anything their heart’s desire!
WordFire Press’ Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine, by Ray Kurzweil, is about a young girl, who by all accounts is a certified genius! From a young age, she knew what she wanted and how to go about getting it. Danielle was also a fighter. Although she did not speak until the age of two when she finally started she made sure let everyone know just how bright of a young girl she was.
Danielle’s parents were fortunate enough to start a school based on the idea “learning from doing.” During the school day, Danielle would walk around from class to class because she couldn’t decide what classes she liked best. While she was the classes, she answered questions and gave her opinion on certain topics. This was an advantage, though it caused some problems in her social life. Since she spent so much time at school, Danielle had a hard time relating to the children her age. During her fourth birthday party, everyone around the room had a pillow fight while Danielle watched. At age six she was already planning to fix the water solution in Zambia. She did extraordinary things, such as finding a cure for cancer (at the age of twelve) for extra credit.
Over the 24 documented years of Danielle’s life, she met amazing people and accomplished amazing things that all little girls could only dream of.
Why this novel is important
As a mom of soon to be four girls, I always want them to know that they can and will achieve their dreams as long as their hearts (and the will to do it) are in them. As a parent, much like Danielle’s, I want to do anything and everything that I can to help develop and foster their emotional intelligence and well-being.
Be Smart, Be Kind. Inspire your children to dream big, pursue their passions, and be kind to others along the way.
My girls have all already talked about their varying passions from engineering to become an anesthesiologist and a dentist. For me, this novel was less about seeing a young girl who was bright and did it all, but more about a young girl who had the amazing love and support of parents who knew she was capable and inspired her to do it all!
Inspire to dream big. Teach your children to never let fear get in the way of following their dreams.
After reading the novel, my oldest daughter talked to me about her long-term as well as short-term goals. There were things that she wanted to complete now that she is still very apprehensive about. But much like Danielle, I reminded her of how driven she has always been from a young age, and how she can use that drive, and her fear to accomplish her goals.
Do you have a young reader who is just as driven and determined to make a change in the world as Danielle? Pre-order Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine! Let me know in the comments one way you dreamed of changing the world as a kid!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.