In “Kirsten Learns a Lesson”, the idea of girlhood is represented by creativity and imagination, while in “Moana” girlhood is represented by adventure and empowerment. In “Kirsten Learns a Lesson” we find Kirsten using her imagination to draw pictures to communicate with Singing Bird, as well as building tools and dolls with each other. Kirsten also uses her imagination to play with her dolls, as well as build and use a fort. She uses an immense amount of creativity to find ways to meet with Singing Bird without anyone noticing. This creativity that Kirsten displays is a big part of what makes her youthful in the story. There isn’t this much creativity displayed by anyone else in the book, which makes it a unique characteristic to Kirsten’s girlhood. When Singing Bird asks Kirsten to travel with her and her people, Kirsten politely declines because she thinks her parents would be angry. In this story, being a girl is shown to mean they are dependent on others. For this reason, Kirsten is not strong enough to leave her family and take a trip with Singing Bird. In “Moana”, there is a completely different answer and she takes a journey to discover the ocean and save her people. Moana is a story where girlhood is represented by the love for adventure and finding out what your destiny is. In the film, we see Moana not need anyone to take care of her as she is displayed as a strong independent girl. Girlhood is displayed as evolving into an adult in this movie rather than always being looked at as a young girl. This differs from Kirsten because she is very dependent on her family and could not survive very long without them. With these differences, there are many similarities between girlhood in these stories. In both stories imagination is an extremely large part of girlhood. Both stories emphasize the importance of dreaming big and wishing for perfect life scenarios. Another aspect of girlhood displayed by both is the ability to create meaningful relationships with others. Kirsten has an important relationship with Singing Bird, while Moana is extremely close to her grandmother and eventually Maui. In “Moana” girlhood is displayed as independent and empowering while in “Kirsten Learns a Lesson” it is represented by imagination and being dependent on family and friends.