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Title: Power to the Princess Author: Vita Weinstein Murrow Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu
Publish Day: September 6, 2018! Tomorrow! yay! Rating: 4.5/5
Absolutely love spins on fairy tales. Power to the Princess is one of those. Each story has an element of what we now consider “powerful” in women. Each women’s adventure focuses on them and not their love life. Well, it’s not the center of it. Cinderella is a woman who runs her own business, advocates for the working class and still finds her prince. This prince shares her ideals and doesn’t prevent her from living her goals of helping others.
“Ellia discovered that people who are treated better work better”.
While, Belle is brave and helps the beast be the best person he could be. She is upset when she finds out that he was cursed which is Illegal. She speaks with a detective and ends up working for the Fairyland Protection Department due to her bravery.
“Curses are a crime best left in the past, and she should be held accountable.”
Sleepy Beauty. she has a medical condition brought on by the Cloud fairy. The person who had sent out invitations to the party forgot to include Cloud Fairy. She has a condition that prevents her from being in sunny locations long term. The ceremony wasn’t accommodating to her needs and they forgot to invite her.
“All around the kingdom were conversations of compassion and care, of accommodation and welcome.”
Through Aurora’s advocacy and encouraging conversations about people… Cloud fairy no longer feels isolated and alone. Her curse on Aurora turned into something that benefited everyone in the long term.
Princess and the Pea is a story of a prince trying to find love. His parents encourage a particular kind of girl while he has differing opinions.
“The King & Queen, having learned their lesson that there is no one right kind of princess, and that no single test can determine compatibility, retired to the un-restored tower of the castle to examine their old-fashioned views.”
Snow queen, of friendship and weathering through a friend’s depression ( or whatever it was supposed to reflect). The Little Mermaid, Sea king and his daughters, the king does not like humans..so his daughters focus on sea affairs .. like pollution and keeping their home healthy. She goes to the surface and meets a princess. With her help they find a solution to the pollution and fall in love.
“Once the waters were clear again, the two were married in a lively and loving ceremony in a lagoon where both Mer-people and humans could enjoy the merriment.”
Last story focuses on Snow White where the queen goes from a person who focuses on the real issues to getting sucked into appearances. This focuses on the media and portrayal of women with the focus just on appearances. Snow, is a step-daughter who soon is dealing with a step-mother who is sucked into beauty ideals than inner. She doses Snow White then brings her back with another serum..and asks for an apology and receives it.
It’s focus on strong women and diverse stories. There are 2 kinds with Aurora, the Little Mermaid marries a princess. Friendships, work and doing right by people are heavily focused in it. From what I can tell, Princess & the Pea, The Little Mermaid, and Snow Queen show diversity with ethnicity.
Recommend? Yes, it’s cute, different and fun.
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