FICTION

Not Quite Snow White

Harper HarperCollins/. Jul. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062798602.
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PreS-Gr 2–A young black girl named Tameika loves singing, dancing, and acting. She’s always felt the most free to be herself onstage, and always been the star—but she’s never gotten to be a princess. When auditions for a school Snow White musical are announced, Tameika finally sees her chance; but when she overhears other students whispering that she is “too tall, too brown, and too chubby” to play the lead, she begins to doubt herself. When she explains her concerns to her parents, they tell her that she is “just enough of the right stuff” to be the perfect princess. Armed with their support, she remembers her joy for performing and scores the lead role. Glenn’s vibrant digital illustrations vividly portray Tameika’s emotions and personality, showing her clearly as a star in the making. The message of the book is wonderfully affirming, but the resolution feels abrupt: all it takes is one brief conversation with Tameika’s parents to resolve all of her self-doubt. Abruptness aside, this is a recommended choice.
VERDICT A fast, feel-good read that affirms anyone can be a princess regardless of size or race, and, in particular, supports and empowers young black girls.–

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