A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches lots of social-emotional skills, including labeling your emotions.
Self-love is the central theme, along with the importance of confidence, perseverance, and uniqueness. Embrace all of your characteristics to achieve your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Tameika and her parents make up a beautiful and loving Black family, whose features are celebrated in the book’s bright illustrations. Her mother and father are highlighted as positive role models in the story, for helping their daughter understand the importance of her inherent qualities. Care is taken to depict easily identifiable emotions on the faces of the kids, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Not Quite Snow White, by Ashley Franklin and illustrated by Ebony Glenn, tells the story of a young African American girl who loves to sing and dance and wants to try out for the lead role in her school's production of Snow White: The Musical, but at auditions she hears kids whispering that she can't be Snow White because she's "too tall," "much too chubby," and "too brown." With her parents' encouragement and her talent and perseverance, she proves she has "just enough of the all right stuff." This book flawlessly redefines what it means to be a princess in a world where many young children question whether they can truly achieve their dreams because of the color of their skin. The story's captivating illustrations and positive messages -- including embracing diversity and body positivity -- make it a wonderful read-aloud, especially for young children.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful, relatable story of believing in yourself and following your dreams puts a diverse cast of characters on center stage. Emphasizing talent and self-love, Not Quite Snow White shows that it's essential to never let anything or anyone keep you from pursuing your dreams, and that anyone can be anything, if you just believe. The colorful and detailed cartoon-like illustrations capture the changing nature of Tameika's emotions as the story's events unfold.
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