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Friday 9 November 2018

Review: Power to the Princess

Power to the Princess cover
Power to the Princess is a compilation of 15 well-known fairy tales retold with a focus on the passions and actions of each princess. It features diverse modern-day topics, families, environments and relationships while promoting female independence. This book shines with equality and truly beautiful people power.

Some of the stories in this anthology include Beauty and the Beast, retitled as Belle the Brave, The Little Mermaid and Snow White. Through these stories, topics such as ocean conservation, self-image, advocacy and equal love are featured. All of the stories present princesses as leaders while delivering the message that being kind, confident and intelligent is key to living happily ever after. Unlike some of the original versions, there are no pretty dresses or male heroes stealing the show.

Gorgeous illustrations with a soft colour palette perfectly match with the re-focused stories.  I love that the princesses wear mostly casual clothes with modern styles, it unites with the text by showing that clothes and looks are part of personal style and don’t take precedence over who you are, your purpose, personality or actions.

The cover is quite luxurious, bound with red cloth and metallic debossing, it would have no problems standing out on a shelf.

A great anthology for introducing many modern-day topics to children without making a huge fuss about them, and of course, setting things straight on gender roles.

Title: Power to the Princess
Author: Vita Weinstein Murrow
Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, $24.99
Publication Date: 26 September 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781786032027
For ages: 5 – 8
Type: Picture Book