Thursday, November 15, 2007

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Author: Carmela LaVigra Coyle

First line: Mommy, do princesses wear hiking boots?

Why you should read this book: In rhyming couples, a girl asks her mother about princesses and receives positive, affirming answers with no gender expectations. An excellent book for a generation of girls caught between the conflicting messages of girl power and princess culture, the story demonstrates that a girl's inherent feminity is in no way compromised by being active, helpful, and human. The final page's mirrored surface confirms that princess is a place within us all.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're a member of the British Royal family and you're sick and tired of having your personal life scrutizined by tabloids.

2 comments:

Carmela LaVigna Coyle said...

Good point... Luckily we live in a civilized era... otherwise I fear the Queen would summon her people... "off with her head!"

My four-year-old daughter, Annie, asked me the title question ten years ago. (We were a house without Disney and Barbie.) Before I could answer her first question she asked another, and then another. It was like getting hit in the head with a shoe. I called my agent the next day.

Cheers!

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