Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

What It Is

Who says a girl must wear a fancy pink dress to be a princess? This book is a celebration of all girls and their varied interests and styles. Whether soccer cleats are her shoe of choice or she prefers dancing in the rain and mud rather than on a stage, the rhyming verses in this charming book confirm that every girl can tap into her inner princess. Each verse ends with “...and a sparkly crown,” clearly implying that girls, like all of us, are not easily categorized. And, as we all know, even the most rugged girls may find it hard to resist a little bling!

Why It’s Fun

Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple’s latest children’s book creatively shows that individuality is really what reigns supreme. With so much pink, frills and glitter marketed to little girls, it’s very refreshing to see authors who dare to say “right-on!” if a girl isn’t trapped in the “girly-girl” stereotype. The illustrations are fabulous and have a hip comic style, capturing girls at their most active, muddiest, adventurous and playful best. Girls love looking at the pictures because they can find someone among the diverse array of girls who reflects their own unique style. And, saying “...and a sparkly crown” in unison after each verse brings out the giggles in everyone. It’s a classic technique of kid humor, but here it consistently and amusingly reinforces the core message of the book.

Who’s Going To Love It

Any parent with a “sporty” princess will enjoy this book along with their kids. And, I think girls just beyond the publisher’s recommended age of 3 to 6 will enjoy it too, though it is a very quick read. I am a proud mom of both “types” of girls, one “fancy” and one “sporty,” so this book immediately caught my eye. My “fancy” girl holds her own on the soccer field and my “sporty” one has been caught wearing a tiara now and again ... as long as no one’s watching!

Reading Time

About 2 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

9 out of 10

Book Information

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
By: Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Illustrated by Anne-Sophie Languetin
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2010)
Approximate retail price: $15.99 (hardcover)
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 6


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