Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

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

This simple book is meant to empower young girls through the message that princesses can do anything they want to do, all while wearing their sparkly crowns. Some examples of the things that princesses can do include playing baseball, using power tools, and rolling in the mud!

Genre:Poetry/Fiction

Grade level: PreK-2nd

Readers who would like this book: Children who like rhyming books, children who enjoy princess stories, children who do not enjoy typical princess stories, children learning to read.

Rating and response: 4; I absolutely love that this book aims to empower young girls to break out of stereotypical gender roles in their approach on the world, however I was hoping that it might be a book that “typical” young boys could relate to as well. While maybe not as appropriate for a read aloud due to its depiction of male characters, I think that many children would absolutely love the humorous yet uniquely strong message that this book sends. Yolen’s use of easily understandable rhyming text/basic poetry seems to be the perfect way to convey such a fun story, however I felt unintrigued by the books computer generated illustrations. However in reflecting on the audience of the book, I think the illustration type is appropriate and clear-cut for such a young age.

Question: When you first think about a princess, what things comes to mind? What does it really mean to be a princess?

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