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1.0 out of 5 stars Reinforces stereotypes, December 21, 2008
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The illustrations are charming. Having written that, I have to say that I regret having purchased this book for my granddaughter. While I expected it to break stereotypes - after all, a hiking princess sounds like a strong female role model - it actually reinforces them. Once again, we're given the idea that it is perfectly acceptable to judge girls (and women) by their appearance. One page even mentions having a "bad hair day." The last page is the kicker, though, because it has a large, shiny mirror that the reader can use to decide for herself whether or not she looks like a princess. Ugh.

If you are interested in a story about a princess who defies stereotypes, buy The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch instead.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2010 12:30:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011 10:27:53 AM PDT
Carmel says:
Thanks for your review. I completely respect your point of view, but also want to share with you the impulse behind Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? series. My daughter, who asked the title question when she was four, grew up anything but a conventional girly girl-- she climbed trees, played in the rain and mud, rode her bike at warp speed, asked a zillion questions, built forts... The mirror at the end of the book was the only way I could think to help a child look at themselves-- albeit a mylar mirror appears superficial... that's why I added-- "A princess is a place in your heart," hoping to get the reader to go beyond their image. (Likewise, "bad hair day", to me, has nothing to do with how we look, but rather how we feel somedays.)
The books have been featured in an article about the antiprincesses. And have received accolades for breaking the stereotype. But perhaps most important, Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? is on the 10 best kids book list at the National Center for Self Esteem.
Thanks again for taking the time to comment!
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
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