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Not Quite Snow White

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Tameika is an African American girl who loves musical and dreams of starring in one as a princess one day. But she fears that having brown skin and a plump frame might keep her from her dreams.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories Addressing Appearance, Body Image & Race
A talented and exuberant dancer, singer and actress, Tameika had starred in many of the stage plays put on at her school, so she eagerly tried out for the part of Snow White in the upcoming musical. Then she overheard some of her classmates talking about her, maintaining that she was too tall, too chubby, and too brown for the part. Terribly upset, she shared her troubles at home, and was assured that she was just right as she was. Faith restored, she returned to try-outs the next day and wowed ...more
Vivian Kirkfield
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this picture book! What a great message for every child...believe in yourself - you are just right for whatever you want to be!
The illustrations help the reader see how the main character is feeling...and how the other kids are feeling also. And the text is well-paced and filled with humor and heart!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Tameika loves to dance and sing. It's almost time for tryouts for the school musical Snow White, and Tameika wants the lead role. But she hears whisperings that she is not right for the part...that she is too tall...too chubby...too brown.

This book should inspire confidence in being comfortable with yourself, and silencing the whispers, at least in your own head.
Ben Truong
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not Quite Snow White is a children's picture book written by Ashley Franklin and illustrated by Ebony Glenn, which stars Tameika, a little black girl holds true to her dream that on the theater stage you can be whatever you want – even if it's Snow White.

Franklin's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. The narrative is written rather well and captures Tameika's spirit and love for acting rather well and her dejection when she overhears that she is inappropriate for the part she wanted –
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Loved the plot line and the illustrations. They were beautiful!
Emma (Miss Print)
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yesssss! This is a fantastic picture book. I love everything about it. Tameika loves to sing and dance and perform--but she's never played a princess. When her school opens auditions for Snow White, Tameika is super excited to audition. But when she hears other kids whisper that she is too tall, too chubby, and too brown to play Snow White, she starts to wonder if they might be right after all. With her confidence shaken, Tameika asks her parents who tell her that she isn't too much of anything ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tameika is a young girl of color, glowing with positivity and self-confidence and that light shines on everyone around her. But when classmates whisper negative comments about Tameika and the upcoming auditions for Snow White, Tameika's confidence begins to wane. Can Tameika be Snow White?

The author Ashley Franklin does an amazing job with tapping into the feelings of a child that is questioning their confidence. She beautifully affirms Tameika as being a beautiful child of color that is able to
Anyone who's ever auditioned for a play, especially a musical, knows how stressful and vulnerable it can make you feel. Tameika loves to sing, act, and dance. When the auditions for her school's production of Snow White are announced, she is so excited. She attends both days of the tryouts, but then overhears the unkind and hurtful words of some of the other children - she's too tall, too chubby, too brown to be cast as Snow White. These words have a huge impact on Tameika, and she becomes very ...more
Tyshelle Primo
I love this book! It really teaches children that you can are enough to be and do whatever you want. Tameika started to let what the other children say get to here and it discouraged her a lot but, with the help of her parents she worked up the courage to do what she loved and didn’t let anybody stop her. This book is good for children of all ages because it teaches you that no matter how different you are you are enough. I think it would resonate with little girls more specifically little brown ...more
Amanda Coppedge
I love this book! The engaging story and charming illustrations make it perfect to read just for fun. But it's also excellent for starting discussion with children as young as 4: talking through issues of being picked on, or to try to change those who are doing the picking. Discussing how our comments on others' bodies (weight, skin color) can be harmful and why we shouldn't do it. And discussions about race.

As a librarian, I want more books like this. Bravo to Ashley Franklin and Ebony Glenn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute and important book! Little Tameika wants to be Snow White in the upcoming play at school, but all of her classmates tell her she’s “too tall,” “too big,” or...”too brown!” Tameika worries that she cannot be the princess in the story because of these things and even discusses them with her parents, who try their best to help. She tries really hard to make herself look different, but realizes there are some things you cannot change. Will she ever be good enough to be Snow White?

Patricia Ross
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! All about having that confidence in yourself no matter what those around you are saying. Tameika lives being on stage and singing, dancing, and acting. She had never been a princess and was excited about trying for Snow White when she over heard some kids talking about how she was too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White. She battles thoughts of them being right but after talking with her parents she feels better and knows she is all the right stuff. As she gets ready ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Tameika loves dancing and singing and acting. She's a natural and performs for her stuffed animal and family all the time. The school play is going to be Snow White. She overhears others talking about how she's not right for the role - too tall, too chubby, too brown.
Franklin takes the reader through Tameika's struggle to regain her confidence after listening to her schoolmates. She realizes this is her passion. Although she's nervous, she nails her audition and earns the role.
Terrific message
Jenna Grodzicki
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tameika loves to sing, dance, and act. When it's time to audition for the next school play, she wants to be the princess, Snow White. But Tameika's classmates think she's too brown, too chubby, and too tall to fill that role. It takes some reminding from her parents that she's just right in every way for Tameika to regain her sparkle. I absolutely loved this book. The message of self worth and self acceptance is something every child needs to hear. The illustrations are adorable and complement ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was inspiring. For young children that are not valued by their own classmates and get torn down, this is the book for them. This book will teach self confidence when a little girl is torn down because she is to tall or to fat. When at the end of the day she is as much as a princess as anyone in her class. This book is a good book to teach children to treat everyone equally and be kind. If we are all kind we will all succeed at the end of the day. Confidence is key and this book shows ...more
Sarah Corrieri
A little girl who loves to perform, act and sing. She is excited to try out for her school play of SnowWhite. Although some of the students are treating her poorly, laughing, and glaring at her. They think she would not be a good fit for the role as Snow White because she does not look that part.
This book addresses differences, inclusion, empowerment, and acceptance.

For a writing lesson, students would write 3 sentences explaining why this talented girl would be a good as the role of Snow
Dierric Rogers
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tameika is just enough of all the right stuff! A great story about a girl who loves to perform. When auditions for Snow White begin Tameika overhears classmates whispers of her being too tall, too chubby, and too brown to play Snow White. Tameika starts to believe her classmates. Her confidence is gone. But her parents remind her that her classmates are wrong! She is just enough of all the right stuff!
Lindsay Leslie
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE, Tameika loves to sing and dance and does it well. When she plans to try out for the school musical, Snow White, other students whisper behind her back: she's too tall, too chubby, and too brown. Tameika has to dig deep and remember the joy the stage brings her and that she is "enough of all the right stuff" The artwork and text do a perfect song and dance in this wonderful debut!
Stephanie Ward
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
Tameika is happiest when she's dancing, singing and performing. But when the kids at school think she wouldn't make a good princess in the play, she loses faith in herself. Can Tameika find her spark again and show everyone she's a star?

This sweet story helps children see that they can do anything they put their minds too, even when others doubt them. With her supportive parents beside her, Tameika finds the courage to be herself and shines with joy.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet message to children. When reading the description, I was excited to see a "chubby" character positively portrayed in a picture book. However, in nearly all images she looks the same size as every other character and when directly talking about her being chubby she is just portrayed with a pooched out belly resembling a toddler's regular belly rather than what an actual chubby grade-schooler might look like.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful! A little girl loves being the center of attention and is so excited when her school announces their next musical, Snow White! Sadly, the little girl has to deal the awfulness that can sometimes be humans and hears them talking about all the things that make it so that she could never be Snow White. She almost believes them, until she realized that it doesn't matter what she looks like on the outside, because she IS Snow White!
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet and important book on being "just enough of the right stuff". Tameika loves to perform, she has a song and dance for every mood. Until she overhears whispers about her not being quite right for her school's musical of Snow White. I think anyone can put themselves in the main character's shoes of times (growing up and as an adult) when they've had their confidence stripped away and are struggling to regain it.

Charming word play and lovely illustrations.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is adorable. I highly recommend this book for classrooms and libraries. Our Kindergarten musical has a Snow White character in it, and we are a very diverse school, so I feel like would be a fun story to read... although no child has ever said what was said to the little girl in the book. (If that makes sense - basically, no one questioned our Snow White being African-American.) Recommended.
Erin Buhr
Aug 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-books
I love the message of this book. The little girl loves to perform and when auditions for Snow White come around she is very excited until some other kids whisper that she might be too tall or too chubby or too brown to be Snow White. There is a nice structure and repetition in the text. Tameika is an easy to love character who is sweetly depicted in the illustrations.
Dana Storytime Account
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
This is a very cute book that deals with skin color in a very child friendly manner without getting too political or preachy or anything else and meets kids in a very realistic moment they may face themselves. I really loved this book and think it's a very cute book for young african american girls to find representation in but is also a fun book for other races or genders to enjoy as well...
Wendy Greenley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will speak to any kids who want to follow their dreams. Kids who want to be performers, but lack experience. Kids who feel like their bodies don't fit the role they want to project. So many activities are fun, until kids are old enough to layer expectations on. Loving yourself sets you free!
Brian Matthews
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean, yes I did cry while reading this book. A lovely little tale that’s accessible and beautifully created. I would recommend for children of color, who are all too familiar with what the main character goes through, and white children who will be able to better empathize with children of color after reading this.
Viviane Elbee
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kids enjoyed this book about a little girl who wants to be Snow White in the play. She’s a natural performer, but worries that her appearance might make it difficult to get the role.

We liked the illustrations but the kids pointed out that the main character does not look the slightest bit chubby, even though the text mentions chubbiness. She’s perfectly normal weight.

Overall, great book!
Michelle McQ.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tameika is a star. She wants to sing and dance and be on the stage. When her school puts on the play, Snow White, she wants to try out for the lead. Other people think she's not quite right for the role and Tameika thinks about giving up on her dreams but decides to try out anyway. This is a great book about breaking stereotypes and allowing everyone to have representation.
Nanette Heffernan
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to sing, dance, and perform. But when it’s time to try out for the school play where the main character is traditionally white, she is filled with self-doubt. It’s only through encouragement and courage that she overcomes and performs the part of a lifetime; not just for her but for all little girls who are beautiful just like her.
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