Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

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Not all princesses dress in pink.
Some play in bright red socks that stink,
blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit,
accessorized with a baseball mitt,
and a sparkly crown!

Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud ...

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Overview

Not all princesses dress in pink.
Some play in bright red socks that stink,
blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit,
accessorized with a baseball mitt,
and a sparkly crown!

Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yolen, her daughter/occasional collaborator Stemple (The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories), and Lanquetin (Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins) turn noblesse oblige on its head with this tribute to girl power. "Some princesses roll around,/ wrestling on the muddy ground," asserts the text, as one such young lady frolics with some rambunctious dogs, "then get right up to skip and dance/ in tattered, stained, and muddy pants,/ and a sparkly crown." The crown, which serves as both a goes-witheverything accessory and a refrain, reminds readers that femininity can encompass all kinds of behavior, including the savoring of messy food, using power tools, "moving dirt," and bike-riding. Lanquetin tucks sly fairy tale references into her digital artwork: rather than riding to a ball in a pumpkin coach, a group of girls tends to a pumpkin patch, while another princess--no Rapunzel--leaves a tower via monkey bars. The empowerment theme probably won't be a revelation to most members of the latest generation of very young women--"You go, girl" is practically their birthright--but the snappy, upbeat illustrations and blithely confident characters are plenty of fun. Ages 3-6. (June)
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* “Lanquetin’s digitally rendered illustrations depict girls of all shapes, sizes and colors; they are mischievous, exuberant, dirty, exhausted, serious and, most of all, authentic. A joyful and much-needed antidote to the precious pink pestilence that has infested picture books aimed at girls.”

KIRKUS, May 15, 2010,
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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This rhyming antidote to the many cloying princess books asserts that "Some [princesses] play in bright red socks that stink,/blue team jerseys that don't quite fit,/ accessorized with a baseball mitt,/and a sparkly crown." This is followed by spreads showing girls riding bikes, doing carpentry, and getting muddy while dancing with dogs in the rain—all while wearing their crowns. There's not really a story in this smoothly written yet somewhat didactic narrative, but the message is one worth hearing, and the whimsy is appealing. Some of the details in the colorful, computer-generated illustrations, in particular the girls' facial expressions, are a bit lacking, but the book's overall design is attractive.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Mother-daughter team Yolen and Stemple get right to the point: "Not all princesses dress in pink. / Some play in bright red socks that stink, // blue team jerseys that don't quite fit, / accessorized with a baseball mitt / and a sparkly crown." In upbeat rhyme, they proceed to describe other princesses who roll in the mud, use power tools, play sports, plant flowers and drive dump trucks, all dressed in myriad colorful outfits (but none of them pink!) and sparkly crowns (always rendered in a cursive typeface). At day's end, the princesses gather at a ball where they "waltz in red, fox trot in blue, / they reel in plaid and polka dots, too. / And in those grand and fancy halls, / one even hip-hops in her overalls // and a very sparkly princess crown. " Lanquetin's digitally rendered illustrations depict girls of all shapes, sizes and colors; they are mischievous, exuberant, dirty, exhausted, serious and, most of all, authentic. A joyful and much-needed antidote to the precious pink pestilence that has infested picture books aimed at girls. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416980186
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 59,654
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry and has even been called “the Hans Christian Anderson of America” (Newsweek). Jane Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at JaneYolen.com.

Heidi Elizabet Yolen Stemple is Jane Yolen's daughter and sometime writing partner. Together they wrote the Unsolved Mysteries from History series. Heidi lives in Hatfield, MA.

Anne-Sophie Lanquetin has illustrated several children's books, including Ten Monkey Jamboree by Dianne Ochiltree. She lives in Paris, France.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    yay for books about princesses!

    my daughter's gotten into this thing about having to wear a dress in order to be a princess. no matter what i said, she wasn't buying it. bought this book and it's been great to help me reinforce the idea of a princess being of the heart and soul - not simply because you wear the "right stuff". it's one of her current favorites now, thank goodness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Perfect for my niece!

    I judged this book by the title, and sent it to my niece without reading it. But then found it in a store, read it and found it to be a great book!

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