If You Were a Princess: True Stories of Brave Leaders from Around the World

S. & S./Aladdin. Oct. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534456174.
K-Gr 3–Three young friends with different skin tones wonder what it would be like to be a princess. Positive attributes are listed and supported through facts and profiles of real-life princesses from the past and present from countries around the world, large and small. The list is extensive and at the end of the book, further biographical information is provided for each of the 28 princesses named in the work. The friends learn that anyone can be a princess in their own way by following the examples of the princesses profiled. The illustrations accurately capture the life and impact of each princess. This is sure to be a hit with princess fans, although emerging readers will find the length and font sizes of the text a challenge. However, the diverse and extensive research is impressive.
VERDICT The book is compelling and a revelation: 28 women worth emulating regardless of their station in life, and a book to return to repeatedly to fully appreciate their inspiring stories.

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