Sunday, October 14, 2012
But don't let her pink-wearing, doll-playing, occasional dress-twirling fool you. My little girl loves playing with dinosaurs, cars and trucks, digging in the mud, and getting dirty. And boy is she tough! A lot of this has to do with having (and idolizing) an older brother, but part of me also thinks she is a little like I was in that way. I love many of Jane Yolen's books, so when I heard about this one, I knew I had to check it out. It sounded just like the kind of book my kids would love! We brought it home from the library the other day and it was an instant hit. "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!" I loved the message of the book the minute I read the title, and think it is an important one for all girls (and boys) to hear. Princesses come in all shapes and sizes and have a variety of interests and talents. They can build things with tools, splash in mud puddles, climb trees, or play sports, all while being powerful, strong, and beautiful. Some of them might wear their sparkly crowns all the while, but others won't. Either way, it doesn't matter. Our daughters can grow up to be anything they want to be, and I hope that's a message that they will always take to heart.