Princess Bubble by Susan Johnston & Kimberly Webb is the antidote to the Disney Princess Culture.
It's got all the "pretty" little girls want with the crowns and flouncy dresses and the gobs of bubble gum pink and castles and lavish parties. It's full of the exaggerated femininity little girls crave, but balanced with more modern-day images of her in jeans, at the gym, going to work, driving a car and doing yoga.
The illustrator, Maria Tonelli really outdid herself with the perfect amount of bling and gaudy and mixing artistic elements of yesterday and today.
Ainsley loves this book. Her favorite part is "all of it."
My favorite part is that Princess Bubble is happy and empowered with or without a prince.
Princess Bubble has a career with an airline and travels the world and has lots of great friends and family.
The Queen tells her she needs to get married to live happily ever after.
All her princess history books tell her she needs a prince to live happily ever after.
She stands up to social pressure when all her friends have their bridal showers and engagement parties and begin to marry off.
She dates princes (that's right, plural), a good boy from the Charming family and the Right family's young Mr. (Isn't that so clever?)
She signs up for www.FindYourPrince.com. (How very new millennium!)
Ms. Bubble realizes her circumstances in the 22nd Century are different than Princess's past. She doesn't live in a dungeon, or under the sea, or work for an evil step-mother. Instead, she has a great career, money of her own, lots of friends, a great family and she's already happy.
When Princess Bubble's Fairy Godmother appears she has this empowering message to give "Living happily ever after is not about finding a prince. True happiness is found by loving God, being kind to others and being comfortable with who you already are!"
If you've ever complained about the gift selections available for girls put this book at the top of your list of empowering possibilities.
Certainly, Ainsley would love to get it and parents would be hard pressed to find fault with it.
Kudos to the women who wrote it - I hope they make a Kagillion dollars on the t-shirts, costumes, posters, back packs, party supplies, room decor, tennis shoes, umbrellas, notebooks, movies and television shows. We know there's a market.
My daughter thanks you for bringing her beloved identity as a princess back into her life and I thank you for bringing a more empowering message to our princesses.