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PreSchool-Grade 1—This rhyming antidote to the many cloying princess books asserts that "Some [princesses] play in bright red socks that stink,/blue team jerseys that don't quite fit,/ accessorized with a baseball mitt,/and a sparkly crown." This is followed by spreads showing girls riding bikes, doing carpentry, and getting muddy while dancing with dogs in the rain—all while wearing their crowns. There's not really a story in this smoothly written yet somewhat didactic narrative, but the message is one worth hearing, and the whimsy is appealing. Some of the details in the colorful, computer-generated illustrations, in particular the girls' facial expressions, are a bit lacking, but the book's overall design is attractive.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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* “Lanquetin’s digitally rendered illustrations depict girls of all shapes, sizes and colors; they are mischievous, exuberant, dirty, exhausted, serious and, most of all, authentic. A joyful and much-needed antidote to the precious pink pestilence that has infested picture books aimed at girls.”

-- KIRKUS, May 15, 2010, * STAR
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416980180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416980186
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erin Lincoln on January 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was a gift for my daughter, and it has quickly become her favorite book. She fell into the princess craze, early, when one of her friends introduced her to Minnie Mouse, which led to other Disney Jr. Shows... As someone who grew up a tom-boy, with no interest in the color pink, it was hard for me to swallow the fact that my daughter prefers skirts and dresses, loves the color pink, and finds princesses fun.

This book is a great way to demonstrate to her that princesses aren't all that are seen in the Disney movies. It likens the idea that regular girls are princesses, and that it really doesn't matter what you do- you can be a princess and do whatever you want. And that is what I love about it.

What I don't like about it is that odd feeling I get after reading it to her that makes me feel like I'm forcing something. When I'm done reading the book, it feels to me like it's a "rage against the color pink" book- though I think it's the last sequence, "at the ball." Thing is, my daughter legitimately likes the color pink. This book makes me feel like pink is bad, or somehow associated with the "other" princesses who show up in disney. That there are the "pink" princesses and the "not pink" princesses.

Not that my daughter gets that. She likes seeing the girls doing stuff and wearing "sparkly crowns." But that feeling I get keeps me from giving it 5 stars.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michele on June 30, 2011
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We have read this many times, with my daughter participating by adding the oft repeated refrain "and a sparkly crown". Sometimes she counts the crowns. The pictures are engaging to the point she often starts conversations about them, and most importantly, during pretend playtime, my daughter never hesitates to rescue the prince.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michmom on June 13, 2012
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I absolutely love this book. My daughter has always been into trains and cars and digging in the dirt but she also loves everything princess. This book reminds her that there are all kinds of princesses and that girls can play with whatever they want and be whomever they want and they can still be a princess!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By KF on April 9, 2014
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I wanted a book for my 3 year old princess (and pink) loving daughter that showed the modern day "princess" as a strong, independent and confident girl who isn't waiting around to be saved by prince charming. This book does just that. My problem with this book is that it doesn't just say that princesses can wear all colors and not just pink, it sends the message that pink is bad (unfortunately my problem is really with just one line on one page). My daughter loves pink and I would never want her to be ashamed for liking what she likes or for who she is (a princess and pink loving independent, confident and intelligent girl). I am giving this book 2 stars because of its positive message about the diversity of modern day princesses, but wish it had a more inclusive message. I wanted to love this book. It was out of stock for 2 months, and I waited for it, but I will be returning this book to Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ekj on June 4, 2011
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I have ordered this book a bunch of times; first for my daughter and then for her friends as we attend birthday parties. Every one loves it. The girls love it because it's about princesses, has great illustrations, and a repeated phrase they can say with the reader. The adults like it because it's a it counts as a princess book to the kids, but isn't one of THOSE princess books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melinda on December 12, 2011
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She may only be 2 but I want my princess to know that she can still be a girl and know how to do more than just sing and wait on a prince to save her. While I am a huge Disney fan I hate the classic princess, these play baseball, build things and get dirty. Just like my Daddy raised me! If all the girls in may family were not to old for this they'd be getting it too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SplagXnon on January 22, 2012
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I bought this as a gift, mostly because I love the message the book gives to girls that they can be tough and get dirty and still be beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Poole on May 7, 2015
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I like the idea of the book, but the execution and storytelling are just not there for me. It's not a really fun story to read. There aren't any surprises or revelations- it's kind of one note. Maybe that's okay- it's good to see all of the different things that girls can do, even while wearing a sparkly crown. What I don't understand is why they need to wear a sparkly crown to show that they are princesses. And why does everyone have to be a princess, anyway?
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