Well-known fairy tales get modern makeovers in this socially conscious compilation.
When Murrow heard these misunderstood princesses’ stories firsthand, she explains in a playful introductory note, she discovered that “a princess is a person who seeks to help others” and “is open to learning new things.” Belle the Brave is a fearless girl who goes after her father because she is good at climbing trees and jumping off ledges. She becomes a police officer with a specialty in restorative justice and is called Beauty because she can see the beauty in others. The Little Mermaid is determined to visit the land of the humans to find a way to keep the oceans clean. She meets a young woman with a similar vision, and after some time working together toward their common cause, the two marry. Rapunzel is a brilliant builder, and she doesn’t let the Prince up the tower without first finding out who he is and what he wants (which is to learn more about her inventive designs). She becomes an architect and helps make the kingdom more accessible to people who are visually impaired, like the Prince. About half of the princesses appear to be of color, with varying skin tones and eye shapes. Combining real-life, meaningful work with the trappings of kingdoms and fairy tales, this volume is a treasure for readers who are tired of traditional helpless princesses who fall in love instantly and “live happily ever after.”
Brilliant. (Fantasy. 6-13)