Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow & Julia Bereciartu

What if princesses didn’t always marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after? In this stunning anthology—elegantly presented in a red, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing—15 favorite fairytales have been retold for a new generation. These princesses are smart, funny, and kind, and can do anything they set their minds to.

Focused on issues including self-image, confidence, LGBTQ, friendship, advocacy, and disability, these stories are perfect for sharing between parents and children, or for older princesses or princes to read by themselves. They teach that a princess is a person who seeks to help others, is open to learning new things, and looks for ways to add purpose to their lives and the lives of those around them.

Get reacquainted with these powerful princesses:

Snow White—champion of real beauty
Sleeping Beauty—specialist on sleeping disorders
Thumbelina—music producer and advocate
Rapunzel—world-famous architect
Belle the Brave—undercover agent
Elisabeth and the Wild Swans—fashion designer
Cinderella—prime minster and businesswoman
Star and the 12 Dancers—dancer
The Goose Girl—stand-up comedian
Princess Sevinah (and the Pea)—founder of the Fairyland Dating Service
The Snow Queen—winter sports coach
The Little Mermaid—advocate for peace between mer-people and humans
Zade—storyteller (of 1001 tales) and businesswoman
Evangeline (The Frog Princess)—natural historian
Little Red Riding Hood—environmentalist and Princess of the Wolves

Power to the princess!

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Fairtytale Retellings

Review: I really wanted to love this. Visually Power to the Princess is stunning. It’s a velvety hardback with colorful illustrations and the blurb holds so much promise. As someone who adores fairy-tales (originals and retellings), I had this on my wishlist and pretty much began reading it the day I bought it home. Given the backlog on my TBR that is saying something.

Power to the Princess held a promise of innovative retellings and in rudimentary way it delivers. Each tale twists the “role” of Princess and provides positive and diverse stories of “strong princess’s”. I found that after the high of the first one I picked (The Little Mermaid) the the stories blended. None of the characters were unique and the narration felt flat. Despite having the Princess’s be these amazing powerhouses they didn’t stand apart from each other.

While this book didn’t work for me I think very young children will enjoy it. They are short stories, easily read at bedtime with positive messages about working hard and being kind. Although, I will say that having a the throwaway remark in Frog Prince “I don’t have a lot of princess friends, they are usually off doing more dainty things.” undermined the whole message of the book.

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