Friday, February 18, 2011

The Very Fairy Princess

Booklist (April 15, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 16))
Preschool-Kindergarten. A girl who believes she is really a princess isn’t a new premise in children’s literature, so it’s refreshing to find a very real little girl as our protagonist, especially given a title that evokes an expectation of a more traditionally froufrou young royal. Geraldine (Gerry) just knows she is a princess and narrates the events of her day, offering commentary about her many doubters: “My brother, Stewart, says princesses don’t wear sneakers and don’t have scabby knees.” Gerry’s type of princess isn’t too precious; in response to her brother, she asserts, “Fairy princesses are very practical.” A long day passes—breakfast, school, playtime, and dinner—before the one person who never doubts her comes home: Daddy. Freckled, spiky haired, pink clad, and irrepressible, Geraldine is reminiscent of Eloise. She lets kids know it’s not necessary to be prim and proper to be a “real” princess; princesses who just want to have fun will find plenty of that here.

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