A little brown girl’s celebration of her boundless potential.
In rhyming text, the confident protagonist, Princess Truly, talks about all of her assets: she can construct tall towers, use her magical powers, exercise her leadership skills, finish off a root beer float, take a spaceship to the moon, and more. Truly stays in constant motion and appears to be having a great time, regardless of what she’s doing. Since her trusty stuffed animal companions—a couple of penguins, a pair of bunnies, and a lion—and her sidekick, a pug, always accompany Truly on her adventures, readers will enjoy following the antics of these diminutive assistants as well. Rauscher relies primarily on a palette of pastel watercolor in the illustrations and makes excellent use of white space to help readers focus on Truly, who undertakes a different endeavor on every page—and occasionally multiple endeavors on a single page. Truly’s hairdo of two sparkly puffballs and her ensemble—a white shirt with black stripes worn with a lavender tutu and green lace-up tennis shoes—give her a fun and fashionable flair that readers young and old alike will enjoy. The author and illustrator, who have brown girls of their own, include photographs of themselves with their daughters in the backmatter.
Positive, fun, and truly lively. (Picture book. 3-7)