Written by Bethany Burt / Drawings by Brenda McCallum
I AM NOT A PRINCESS! IS ABOUT A YOUNG GIRL, NAMED ELIZA WHO BELIEVED THAT NOTHING COULD BE BETTER THAN BEING A PRINCESS. LIKE MOST LITTLE GIRLS BY THE AGE OF THREE, SHE HAD SEEN MANY MOVIES AND SHOWS ABOUT PRINCESSES.
As she watched her daughter teeter around in plastic, pink, high heeled princess shoes, and dress solely in princess gowns, Eliza’s mother, Bethany Burt, was horrified by her daughter’s apparent obsession with all things princess.
Bethany decided to write a story about her. Hopefully Eliza would read it and finally realize that perhaps there was more to life than being a princess.
The larger story here is about how parents “brainwash” their children and push them into stereotypes. Boys are pushed into football and girls into dressing up and playing with Barbie dolls.
“Children are so delightful and creative in ways adults aren’t,” said Bethany. “By pushing them into a stereotype, parents don’t necessarily set them on the right path. There are better ways to teach our children by letting them use their creativity to find out who they really want to be. Let them be themselves and enjoy activities that they like the most.”
“Don’t require them to read a certain book. Let them read a book of their choosing.”
Here is a review from an Amazon Reviewer, Storywraps:
“While many girls dream of being a princess when they are young, the truth is that there is so much life out there for those who go out and get it. This is a book that will help parents to teach their children (girls & boys) to see the world as filled with possibility.”
What little girl doesn’t love to dress up in splendid clothes, adorn herself with glittery accessories and place a tiara on top of her curls? After being inspired by a show she was watching on TV Eliza decides to transform herself into a breathe-taking, beautiful princess much like Cinderella. She knows that Princess’s twirl and look glamorous and that they can’t get dirty because they are too pampered and perfect to do that. True?
Princesses never want to do common things like ride bikes (disgusting), go shop for groceries (staff does that), play baseball with their brother (yuck can you imagine the dust on my jewels), help dad paint (don’t even think about it) or bake cookies with mom, (tasty, but not gonna happen)… OOOOHHH NNNOOOO… these beauties are too busy dancing and refreshing their makeup so they will look perfect every minute of the day.
Eliza comes to the realization that being a princess is just plain boring… princesses don’t do anything.. and doing nothing hinders her from engaging in an adventurous life with her family and friends, not to speak of having fun. Oh my, that will never do!! She decides then and there that she is definitely NOT a princess. She dismantles her fancy garb, plunks her bicycle helmet on her curls and is out the door in a flash!!! Life is meant to live to its fullest… and that’s just what she intends to do.
This charming book touches on themes of play-acting and self-identity and the illustrations are just fabulous. The colour pallet is “girly” and “princessy” and the actions and expressions are spot-on perfect. I highly recommend this book to share with the little princess (or NOT) that may be living in your home.”
Now other parents who are facing the princess frenzy can benefit from the powerful message in this delightful book. Children are sponges and in a culture that is overflowing with princess movies, shows, books, toys, dolls, and accessories it’s almost impossible for girls to avoid being touched by the princess phenomenon.
I Am NOT a Princess! is a charming tale that will entertain and perhaps help more girls discover the limitations of being a princess.
To order your copy please visit:
amazon.com / barnesandnoble.com / target.com
Bethany Burt is the proud parent of two well-rounded and amazing kids. Her children have always served as inspiration for her stories, of which she has written several. She has been an advertising, design and marketing specialist for over twenty years and is the owner of Nest Media Company, a marketing firm based in Vero Beach, Florida. Like her daughter she loves to write, draw, paint and bake cookies.
Brenda McCallum has been a design professional for over twenty years, developing compelling and original marketing campaign strategies for corporate clients. Now, as a designer for Schiffer Publishing, she uses her creative passion to help authors leave a legacy of beautiful books that inspire readers to discover new ideas and follow their own adventures of the mind.