Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Bibliographic Information: Yolen, J., Stemple, H. E. Y., & Lanquetin, A. S. (2010). Not all princesses dress in pink. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: This book details all the things that princesses can do, from playing sports to rescuing the prince.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Poetry

Grade Level: PreK-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy books about princesses; readers who enjoy books about non-traditional gender roles; readers who enjoy books that rhyme

Rating/Response: 4.5; I loved almost everything about this book. The illustrations were whimsical and added to the text. I loved that the books showed girls doing a variety of activities that are not traditionally girly, and I thought that the range of activities shown was splendidly well thought-out. The only concern I have about this book is that it comes too close to condemning girls that enjoy traditionally feminine activities and attire. While girls should be empowered and shown that they don’t have to subscribe to traditional gender roles in order to be feminine, that message should not make girls who enjoy pink and tea parties feel like they are not good enough.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This is a book about things that princesses do. What are some things that princesses do? What are some things that princesses don’t do? (After the book) Were you surprised by any of the things the princesses were doing in this book? How was it different from what you expected?

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