One of the moms I met this past year coined a phrase I love. She says, “We do pink, but we don’t do princess.” If you’ve read some of my other posts about princess culture in the United States (Click here or here to read them now.), then you’ll know that this other mom and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to exposing our daughters to the the princess thing. While I’m on a mission to educate myself about the princess culture (I just pre-ordred Peggy Orenstein’s book Cinderella Ate My Daughter, which comes out later this month.), I’m also on a mission to find stories that reconstruct the notion of a princess. Since my post about Every-Day Dress-Up was well-received, I decided to share another alternative princess story for those of you who are in the market for books like this.
Princess to the Rescue (Second Story Press, 2011) is written by Claudia Souza and illustrated by Christelle Ammirati. This book empowers the princess in the story. Instead of being rescued by a prince, the princess saves the prince from a warty ogress. As a result, the princess is portrayed as a strong woman. Therefore, I believe this book should be shared with young girls as a way to craft an alternative princess story (e.g., it can be used as a mentor text during a fairy tale unit in writing workshop). By continuing to explore alternatives to traditional princess stories, we make it possible for girls to imagine princesses who are strong and capable, thereby empowering the characters they write about and themselves.
Here’s a peek at the first two page spreads from Princess to the Rescue:
Thank you to Second Story Press for agreeing to sponsor a giveaway of one copy of Princess to the Rescue.
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Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.