Muddy Tiara (Carlyn Chassé)

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the illustrator in exchange for an honest review.) 

Hello, everybody! Our book today is Muddy Tiara, written by Carlyn Chassé and illustrated by Candice Caldwell Day, a book about how being a princess doesn’t always mean being perfect.

What does it mean to be a princess? There are lots of different types of princesses, and while storybook princesses may often be prim and proper ladies with lovely gowns and fancy crowns, the unnamed protagonist of this story doesn’t really relate. She much prefers getting dirty, being silly (and sometimes stinky!), and getting a little mud on her tiara. She’s not content to wait for a prince to rescue her: she’ll take care of herself, and ask mommy and daddy for help if she needs it. And while she may not have a big palace or lots of money to help people with, she’s very happy with her warm cozy home and helping people with hard work instead. And that’s okay, because there are lots of different ways for girls to be. Every girl is different, and every girl is a princess.

This was a pretty cool book. Of course, we are always fans of any book that encourages girls to be themselves and pursue the things that interest them regardless of others’ opinions, and this one definitely conveys that message. I especially liked that the text took moments out to encourage generosity, family bonding, and the idea that girls don’t need a relationship to feel happy or complete (that is a lesson that can never be taught too early). The illustrations are bright and colorful, and JJ liked them. Overall, a very nice girl-power book for princesses of every kind! We enjoyed it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!


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