The list author says: "My 3.5 y.o daughter got bitten by the princess bug, but as a feminist I don't like any of the traditional disney princess stories where the princesses are noted only for their external beauty, and wait around passively for a prince to come save them with a kiss. And can't we teach our daughters to expect more from their mates than a "handsome" prince? How about qualities like kindness and intelligence? So I'm trying to create a collection of alternative books to read to her, where princesses save princes, the princes have some substance to them, the princesses have adventures, use their brains, do sports, create their own destinies... showing girls and women are daring, spunky, spirited, smart female characters, challenging stereotypes. Target age: 3.5+ years old."
"Great! 6 princess tales, each with a twist. humorous, not overbearing. sometimes they marry the prince (when the prince is kind and shares her interests), sometimes they don't. lots of text on each page so < 5yo may find it too slow. my 5.5 y.o. loves it."
"a great alternative to Disney's Little mermaid, who gives up her voice to marry the prince, without even knowing him, just based on his looks! this princess creates her own solution to combine her life with a human and her love of the water. Nice ryhming text, nice humor, beautiful pictures. too long for <4.5 yo? my 5.5 year old loves it."
"A plucky princess who learns the benefits of eating vegetables. No discussions of her beauty or her marriage prospects, and a healthy food message to boot! Other plusses: the princess is described as good at math and smart. In the end she invents an airplane and is a pilot. Shows how seeds grow into plants. The illustrations are beautiful and creative, too. Well done as always Marjorie Priceman!"
"fantastic! I laughed aloud about the King's plan to "annoy a bad fairy" so the fairy would cast an evil spell.. Fun pictures! King does knitting, cooking, queen fixes the roof. Fairy #3 is pretty scary-looking so havent read it to my 3 yo yet. Age 4+"
"pretty good-- nice message about superficiality, but does she have to end up alone? it seems like the choice is get the guy or be alone... why not a book where she gets the guy AND they are equals? havent read it yet to my 3 yo..."