Every Girl is a Princess by Mylo Freeman Age: Picture Book Publisher: Clavis Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781605370873 Find this book at your local library
In this book, you’ll meet princesses from all over the world. They have their favorite animal and their own crown. But who does the last crown fit?
For little girls who love princesses, this is the book for them. It is a lift the flap book that reveals a princess from around the world, each with her own special crown. The last crown is placed over a reflective foil so that the reader can see that they are the princess.
As sweet as this book is meant to be, I have to say that I have a bias against the whole “girls as princess” mentality. I think it promotes materialism and superficiality. There really isn’t much substance in this book, other than to show that girls all around the world, no matter the skin color or race, are all equal. That much I appreciate. The girls all look the same too, with only a few facial feature changes. There is no note of what ethnicity each girl is, or what country she represents. They all have a football shaped head, small beady eyes, and are all wearing brightly colored poofy dresses. The reflective mirror is actually quite creepy in that its more like a fun-house mirror and completely distorted my face when I looked into it.
For a princess book with a better message, I would recommend the following: