A Different Kind of Princess
I was never super good at being a princess. As you can see from the picture here, I lack the delicacy required of the perfect, pink princess, and clearly always have. I’m ok with this. I’m pretty good at other things, like doodling. I have strong hands. And I know kids’ books really, really well.
As the kind of person who was never great at princessing, I was super excited to read Interstellar Cinderella. Not because this Cinderella isn’t good at being a princess—just the opposite, she’s fabulous at it—but because it’s a story that changes what it means to be a good princess. It’s not about being pretty or delicate. Rather, this story celebrates Cinderella being competent, self-reliant and clever.
I like this definition much more. And I think kids will take to it, too. It reminds me of when, in my years as a bookseller, a kid once introduced me to his mom as the “Book Princess” at his school book fair. He didn’t mean I was delicate or clad in pink taffeta, as I am not and I wasn’t. He just meant competent. And that’s a definition of princess I can totally get behind.
Latest posts by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (see all)
- You Are Cordially Invited to a Very Rude Tea Party - June 3, 2015
- A Different Kind of Princess - May 20, 2015
- Celebrate May the 4th You Will - May 1, 2015
How to Read a Wordless Picture BookOctober 26th, 2017
Children Illustrate What the Statue of Liberty Means to ThemOctober 25th, 2017
A Conversation with Anders Arhoj, Author of Find Me: A Hide-and-Seek BookSeptember 14th, 2017
8 Facts You Might Not Know About the Statue of LibertySeptember 6th, 2017