If Pinkalicious and Cinderella aren’t cutting it for you in the literary role model department, we may have stumbled on the perfect answer. Little girls everywhere need to learn to be their own heroes, and this book is the only lesson plan you need.
Tired of the girls in books who only care about lace, ruffles and ribbons? Sick of your little princess being brainwashed to think she needs to turn to boys to fix her problems? Yeah… us, too. And, as it turns out, so was filmmaker and writer Greg Pak.
What did he do about it? Like any respectable guy who wants a future full of self-reliant girls, he considered a way to change social structure and set out to write a book capable of, as he told NBC, “exploding the princess myth for a new generation of awesome kids.”
The premise of The Princess Who Saved Herself is simple enough. The lead girl is Princess Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion, and her main foe is a dragon attempting to burn down her castle. Instead of contacting a prince from a foreign land or enlisting the help of one of her kingdom’s knights in shining armor, she takes on the dragon herself. Spoiler alert: They end up friends!
And, bonus: Princess Gloria isn’t the typical Caucasian princess. She’s a multiracial kid who is fun and spunky and a total kick-butt girl. The art, from Takeshi Miyazawa, is bold and bright, too, making it all the more engaging. To order a copy (and you definitely should), head to PrincessWhoSavedHerself.com. It might just be the best $20 you’ll spend.