Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review - Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Olivia)Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All the girls, and even some of the boys, are all dressing as princesses with pink, ruffly skirts and sparkly wands. Olivia wants to be something different, she just doesn't know what. She tries the French fashion look. When all the girls, and some of the boys, try out for the fairy princess ballerina, Olivia goes for a more stark, modern style. But nothing feels quite right. What is a little pig to do? Knowing Olivia, she will figure it out.
I just want to say I think every little girl, and even some of the boys, should read and/or be read this book. It is a wonderful look at individuality. Olivia is a great celebration of the individual in all of us. When she looks at all the pink fairy princesses she asks the question "Why not an Indian princess or a princess from Thailand or an African princess or a princess from China?" And you have to hand it to Olivia - why be a princess when you can be a queen?

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Monday, January 14, 2013

As I look at everyone's 2013 reading resolutions it occurs to me that while I read more in 2012, I posted less. So my reading resolution is a little bit different than most. I am going to read more but make sure I post more too. My reading goal is going up from 150 books to 200 for 2013. I am also pledging to review and/or post once a week on the teen and children's books I read. I am hoping I can keep that resolution.