The Rescue Princesses Series

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Four princesses save animals using brains and bravery.

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Educational Value

In addition to a little information about animals in each story, the princesses model healthy friendships; there's no petty fighting, just support and compassion.

Positive Messages

The princesses use their brains and ingenuity to save animals in trouble, and aren't afraid to get dirty and wet, or to mess up their clothes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The adults and friends in these stories are always supportive of the princesses' quests, by helping formulate rescue plans, teaching them ninja skills, or just saying they're proud of the girls. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that you get more than you'd expect from Paula Harrison's Rescue Princesses series. Don't let the fact that this is a tale of princesses fool you about the content of the stories. While the traditional trappings of princess life -- castles, ball gowns, an overemphasis on learning a proper curtsey -- are all here, these girls are no wallflowers. They are strong-willed, with the brains and brawn to back it up. Equally important, the girls support one another, and adults support their drive. The girls are told that everyone has a brain and should use it. Not every princess has a maid who used to be an undercover agent, but in this progressive princess world, that kind of thing is no big deal.

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What's the story?

In THE RESCUE PRINCESSES series, four young princesses who made a pact to help any animal in trouble set out on adventures to do just that. Princesses Emily, Clarabel, Lulu and Jaminta are inventors, train as ninjas, scale mountains, take risks, use their brains and physical strength, and advocate for animals. Their bravery is backed up by their royal parents, including the king who told them that they should work hard and be responsible, but must always think for themselves. The princesses save deer from poachers, an injured dolphin and tigers, protect the rare snow leopard and more -- all while learning that they are best when they trust one another other and always try their best

Is it any good?

These meaty, entertaining stories feature self-rescuing princesses who care deeply about one another and don't care at all about hairstyles. These are no rote fairy tales of princesses pining for love or plunging into depression over a bad fashion choice. In each book, The Rescue Princesses set out to rescue an animal in distress, sometimes going against the wishes of the king, but always learning about compassion and friendship. The girls' adventures are complicated enough to hold an older reader's attention, but the vocabulary is simple enough not to intimidate younger readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Rescue Princesses balance their royal obligations with their desire to play outside all the time. What happens when you have to do things like chores before you can go have fun?

  • Do these princesses seem extraordinary to you? Why or why not?

  • What other stories of princesses do you know about? What are your favorite princess books, movies, or TV shows? 

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