Little Spotlights- Don’t Call me Princess by Kate Evans

After the response to the Top Ten Tuesday- Gems with under 1,000 ratings post was immensely positive, it was suggested this is a great thing and I agree so I have decided to make spotlighting a regular fixture with the rules of we’ve read it, LOVE it, has low numbers on GR.

Today is a International Women’s Day and in honour of that I’m selecting a book my bought me as a gift and I got choked up reading it to Littlefae as it hits some home truths about being female (in all forms and shapes there-with)

Don’t Call Me Princess! By Kate Evans

Age group: Picture Book – All Ages
Key Words: Feminism, Fairy Tale Tropes, Self-Esteem, Empowerment

Littlefae says

The Girl is funny. she says don’t call her a Princess because she can do anything. I’d like to be a Princess but a Princess Engineer or Princess Illustrator.

This is the book that all girls and those who identify as female, young and old need, and surely males need to be aware of too!

A perfect book to combat the Princess tropes that can often truss and restrain us from true happiness because we buy into these stories as young impressionable girls it’s so beautiful to see someone rip the curtain away and to reveal how ridiculous and harmful they are in their current state but CAN be rewritten to empower.

I’ve heard the book be dismissed as a ‘rant’ but I have to disagree. It promotes inner beauty and seeing the beauty in people’s words, hearts and deeds not faces and bodies, and how independence, fulfilling hobbies and having adventures, the choice to have a career AND the choice to be a mother (not necessarily together nor mutually exclusive the choice is stressed) are important parts of the self to be respected.

It doesn’t say all men are bad, instead it tells girls to want the best from a partner (of whatever gender), not controlling, not demanding and not focusing all on looks and so tells boy readers how NOT to behave, what true beauty is and how to be an equal to and be an amazing partner but especially how to understand the moulding and pressures on females too for a true and loving relationship.
Importantly it also discusses in a child friendly way the issue of consent and touching.

Littlefae like most 5 year old girls seems to have absorbed Princesses by osmosis despite best efforts to redirect attention ‘healthier’ role models.
Whilst I accept this will be a part of her childhood I’m determined to encourage her to question these stories and ask what they are telling her as critical thinking skills for life.
Littlefae often gets this book out and that’s a great start to build upon for her future mental health and happiness.

I highly recommend this book to any child but particularly is empowering to see how females have been shaped by these stories and perpetuated agonies unnecessarily.

Don’t Call Me Princess! By Kate Evans is published by New Internationalist

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