Over the past 4-6 months I've been confronting a situation more than once, where I had to think what to give to a 6-11 year old girl; and if you ever find yourself in the same situation just remember: Avoid the Toy stores!! ...at all coast. They will try to sell you the 'mommy set' or the 'princess pack' (including a femalish boyfriend) or the classic and oldfashioned 'maid combo'. Everything in Barbie-pink or Barnie-purple colors and highlighted with tons of purpurine so that you fall for cutesy and fun when in fact you'll just be contributing to create another undefined kinda girl that gets used to copy everything and never feel complete rather than giving her the oppotunity to create her own self each and every moment, and give her an incentive to experience the happiness of being her own Self. So when my brother ask me for advice on what to give for christmas to my cousin Guadalupe, I had to think like a lot more broadly, and I came up with the idea of a Personal Bitacora set for the Ultimate Life Explorer.
Criticism to society, etc. etc. aside; a girl's personal documentation can be the most self empowering thing and personally I'll love to see what a 9 year old girl with a brilliant mind like hers can create when put in action, the amount of selfconfidance and mind freedom she can get out of it, combined with a loving and responsible guide can nurture an amazing blossom of a great great women.
I hope she ends up discovering that she can be a Warrior-Princess-ballerina-Astronaut if she likes.