Growth Mindset, Princess stories, Read Your World

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

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Back of Book:
Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.
But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role.
They whisper, they snicker, and they glare.
Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?
My Review:
Social and emotional learning is a newer standard at my school. I love using picture books to help teach the standards in a relatable way. “Not Quite Snow White” is an excellent story to show children an example of confidence and loving yourself. Ashley took a sensitive topic and created a beautiful example of how important it is to love the skin your in.
Tameika is such a dynamic character that so many readers can relate to and connect with. I believe that this book will give children the extra courage that they need to try something new. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn are glossy and bright. The details convey the emotions of each child throughout the story. I look forward to sharing this book in my classroom this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Princess stories

The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book by Ian Lendler

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Back of Book:
Some kids like frills and sparkles and bows and lots of pink. And some don’t. The girl who started “The Absolutely, Positively No Princess Book” is sure that she wants a story full of nature and adventure. But when a princess barges into the pages with her own opinions about what makes for a good story, the two learn that they each have something to offer. Together they make the best story of all.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Ian Lender in exchange for an honest review. I was just like the princess in this story. I loved frills and sparkles and pink. My best friend growing up was exactly like the little girl! This story made me laugh out because it reminded me of spending time with my best friend. I love that the message of the story is about compromise and sharing ideas. Together the girl and the princess create a concept that balances both their interests. The illustrations are drawn in a almost comic book style and use word bubbles to show when the characters are speaking. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to sharing it in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
36 Pages

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