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What Does A Princess Really Look Like?

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Chloe dreams of being a ballerina princess. But today she is not practicing her twirls or leaping from room to room. She digs deep in her art drawer to find what she needs to craft her very own princess ballerina. The project quickly turns into more than a simple princess drawing. Chloe realizes that princesses are not just about beautiful hair and sparkly dresses. As her ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by BQB Publishing
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Sadaf sarkar
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a beautiful book which teaches children about the different part of body as well as good quality required to be a good person and a good princess. The narrative is good and drawing are very appropriate and cute ...more
Dana-Adriana B.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Chloe is trying to imagine how a princess looks like. Is she only beautiful and wearing a crown and pretty dresses? Or is she also strong, helping others, kind, smart? With the help of the family she can learn all these things.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for this lovely book.
Mel (Epic Reading)
Super cute illustrations. A wonderful first time reader book; and a message that resonates no matter the age, race, sexuality, or differences between children. But the best part (at least to me) is that this little girl has two daddies! I'm a total suck for gay couples raising babies.
Our little girl, Chloe, tries to define what a princess looks like. She stumbles along the way, and isn't super happy with her result; until her Daddies find a way, to make what our little gal sees as a flaw, an ex
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Thank you to Mark Loewen for the free copy of What Does a Princess Really Look Like? in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What Does a Princess Really Look Like? It’s not at all what Chloe imagines. In this adventure with her dads, Chloe learns that a princess is more than a crown and pretty dresses. A princess is kind, observant, and stands up for what is right. Throughout the story, Chloe represents all of the ways to be a strong woman (or even a strong human) with the dif
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book about self-esteem, told from the viewpoint of a little girl who is trying to make the perfect princess.

In this case, princess means someone who is strong.

And she hits all the things that she wants her princess to be, smart, strong, good listener, good communicator.

What I especially like, is that she has two dads, and that isn't a thing that is mentioned other than to show that they exist.

A cute way to teach about what is important in a person, in general.

Thanks to Netgalley f
Emily Matthys bennett
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great for all the princesses in my life! Wonderful story that reminds princesses that looks are not the most important thing; character is.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Chloe loves pretending to be a princess or a ballerina. She loves dancing with her dad and dressing up with a crown and a beautiful skirt. But when she decides to create a picture of her very own princess ballerina she realizes being a princess is more than pretty clothes and fancy parties. She creates a princess with eyes that notice people who need help and ears to help her understand what she can do
Teresa Grabs
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princesses come in all shapes and sizes, and not all look like what is shown in fairy tales. Loewen’s wonderfully, heartwarming tale of Chloe and her two dads, shows that princesses can be whatever, and look however, they want.

Chloe marches to the beat of her own drummer, and her princess does to. Her princess is very smart, has beautiful multi-colored hair, very observant, strong, kind, and compassionate – just like Chloe. Best of all, her princess is not perfect and she loves to dance – just l
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Anyway she wishes. What does a princess do? A princess does whatever she sets her mind to, of course; that is the lesson of this book for children. Mr. Loewen is the founder of an organization designed to empower girls, and this story illustrates that passion. Chloe is a princess in her own eyes and in the eyes of her two dads, and she sets out to illustrate what a princess looks like, all the while pondering what a princess does. A delightful illustrated story!
Kadie Hayward Mullins
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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We are more than our exterior; in fact, that is the least important aspect of us. Our personal qualities are where the fun happens, and where being a good person is fostered. I’m hesitant about any book with the word ‘princess’ in the title but this was such a breath of fresh air. Though I’m still not convinced the lens of ‘princess’ is the best through which to discuss these important topics with children, it is an important response to the inundation of princess-focused
D. Olsen Hancock
Another great read for our collection!

With a limited amount of books out there with same sex parents, it’s nice to have an example of another family like ours. I love how it’s a story to empower girls to take pride in themselves, and their hard work overall. Another example of 2 strong role models actively involved in the playful life of their daughter. Thanks for writing such a cute story. Our daughter Chloe could absolutely relate.
David L.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, THE best! Having an (almost) 12 year old daughter, born to two dads, this book reiterates for her, the importance of simply living your true self. Be who you are! Well written and beautifully illustrated, the timing for this book is apropos! Our daughter will cherish this book in her collection! (quite frankly, so will I)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are asked to create a drawing of a princess what will she look like? What are her characteristics? Would you go back to the stereotype models that wear long ball gowns, a crown, and marries a prince so she is destined to live in a castle all of her life? Chloe, the young heroine in today's book, has a totally different take on her rendition of a Princess.

Chloe dreams of becoming a ballerina Princess. She leaps and twirls to practice her artful skills. Sometimes her two dads dance along w
Paul Franco
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little girl does not settle for simply being a princess or a ballerina; nope, she has to be a mashup. Sometimes she dances with her two dads, though it doesn’t say if they are co-regents.
“Inside the head is where our smarts are.” Never heard it put that way, but I like it.
She’s funny and creative—she is a lefty, after all—and I love the way she’s drawn, especially when lying down. The illustrator captures a child’s joyful being in the way she kicks her legs up. It’s all so incredibly cute, eve
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Our heroine decides to create a princess in art form, and tells it encouraging, inspiring things as she does so. But can she be happy with the finished result? And just what kind of princess will she design? This is a very simple moral in picture book form, fitting in with every current self-empowerment trend, telling the young audience that there is no one correct way to look, whether you're a princess or not. Much will be made, too, of the girl living with two fathers. It's a perfectly decent ...more
Tesha Ham
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cute and I absolutely adore it. The artwork is adorable and the message that this book portrays is wonderful. The entire story is about having big thoughts and ideas, standing up for what's right, being strong and brave, and turning mistakes into positives. I think this story is perfect for kid's learning about accepting themselves and growing up to be strong and kind. I would highly recommend.

I received a free ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a review. Al
Nina Norstrom
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this storybook. Guess, you can tell it is a great read – with the reviews it has gotten.
It is a well-written creation and easy read. What little girl doesn’t think about being a princess in their tender years? I know I did! And this little beauty will take them to that precious land. Certain, little ones will adore having this beauty on their bookshelf. What a fantastic book cover look. The author has done a great job in creating this children’s book. BTW, I adored the characters’ desig
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Creative, captivating look at character traits -- rather than a perfect image! All young children should learn the lessons in this book. In a world of Disney-wanna-bes, it's nice to read a book where children are encouraged to be strong, kind, and "themselves"! Great for a library collection. If you follow the author, you will see that his daughter personifies Chloe -- so completely. What an encouraging model for empowering girls in the right direction. ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, children-s, ebooks
I like the concept behind this book- a princess can be different, do different things, etc. So why does she still need a pink ballgown?? If this princess really is strong and is going to travel the world, she needs to wear something a bit more practical. I think if the little girl was dressed in normal clothes and then ended up drawing a picture of a girl who looked just like she did that it would be a stronger message.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little girls ponders what a princess really looks like. She comes to the conclusion that princesses are more than just looking pretty: they can be strong, smart, kind, and helpful. They can also look like a ninja, artist or whatever else pleases them. There are no limitations.
This was a cute story with a positive message plus very creative illustrations to match.

Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not all princesses are the same. This book shows that you don't have to be perfect or fit in a cookie cutter to be a princess.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Daughter loved this book!

My daughter is 3 and was totally into this book. Yay for strong, smart princesses who enjoy seeing themselves in the mirror ;-)
Shawna (what.shawna.reads)
Children's books have sure come a long way since I was a child. This story is really cute and I love that Chloe wears glasses and has two dads. While it's really encouraging that Chloe associates each body part that she draws with a quality like being a good listener or being strong, I wish there had been more focus on the actions that make a princess instead of physical qualities.

Thanks to BQB Publishing for the advance copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Mark Loewen is a phychotherapist and a dad. He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States to pursue his counseling career. He met the love of his life in Richmond, Virginia. A few years later, they became dads through open adoption. Becoming a father to a girl opened Mark's eyes to the challenges many girls and women face in today's world. Mark's passion for equality drives ever ...more

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