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Princesses Wear Pants

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Spunky tale of active princess dressed to get the job done.

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Moms who've despaired when their daughters dive deep into pink princess mode might appreciate this celebrity-written book extolling the virtues of cultivating a wardrobe of pants. Princesses Wear Pants is by Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie and her psychologist pal Allison Oppenheim. It uses rhyming verse, but the rhythms of the sentences are bumpy, and the rhyme can seem forced, with awkward constructions. For instance, Princess Penelope is described as having "brown eyes, pink cheeks, and pigtails of fame." And when she dives in to save the royal cat, the text reads, "The crowd thought for sure in her gown she'd be sunk."

Illustrator Eva Byrne specializes in fashion illustration as well as children's books, so even when Princess Penelope wears pants, she's fashion-forward. When Penelope hosts the Pineapple Science Fair, "Her lab coat and corduroys did just the trick." And the flight suit she wears as a pilot is sequined. The book itself has a pink palette, and the cover is sparkly, delivering the message: "I love to dress up, just as pretty as can be ... But underneath it all, I still have to be ME!"

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