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Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,184 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit, accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown!

Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports a
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
A fine concept, but shaky execution. I really disliked the addition of "and a sparkly crown" after every rhyming stanza. That phrase makes it an awkward book for reading aloud, which is unfortunate, because it would otherwise be fun and memorable! I suppose I also don't really like that the girls have to be wearing a 'sparkly crown' while doing all the cool, non-princessy stuff (I mean, seriously--they don't all dress in pink, but they DO all wear a crown? WTF?). Overall, though, that bothers me ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw it on the shelf. Despite not really watching television in the home, keeping Disney pretty much out of the house, and not yet sending our toddler to childcare/pre-school... she still somehow has started getting interested in princesses. (Probably because of a girl at the library story time who always wears Disney princess stuff). So, I was excited to have a book with a more positive message about Princesses--that they can wear sparkly crowns, but s ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this up for my wee gals at a local Hallmark store. As the title suggests, it shows various "princesses" doing non-princess stuff, like playing baseball, doing construction work, or even break dancing in overalls. It fits nicely with the parenting message I hope I'm sending my girls: you can do whatever you want on any end of the spectrum or somewhere in between as long as you're happy and safe and hug your mom. The last part is non-negotiable. I'd recommend it for either gender, since i ...more
Book Review of: Not all Princesses Dress in Pink

The book, Not all Princesses Dress in Pink, was about princesses and how they do not need to wear pink to be a princess. The book is aimed towards young girls.The authors wanted to let young girls know that they can do anything they want.

I thought this book was okay. It has a positive message towards young girls. I did not love this book because I felt that it was very repetitive. It said the phrase “sparkly crown” very often throughout the book
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, blerg
If I judged by illustrations alone I would give this picture book 4 stars.

Not all princesses dress in pink but they ALL wear a sparkly crown? How is that much repeated statement not contradictory to the idea that there are multiple embodiments of femininity?

If you're engineering a complex tree fort, harvesting pumpkins or running marathons the last thing you want on your head is some unnecessary (probably headache inducing) accessory smothered in sparkles.

review(rant) over
Annalise Bowman
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Not All Princesses Dress in Pink they tell about how girls think they half to like pink. It shows how you don’t half to be stereotypical towards girls and think they can’t like different colors or tough sports.
I liked this book because it showed that girls don’t half to like certain colors and things they like to do. I did think that the book’s pictures were good pictures that matched the text perfectly. But, I thought that it was kind of like they were saying girls should never wear pink and
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of this book (not to mention that I was anti-pink throughout my childhood) and my 4yr/o daughter couldn't wait to read it (although recently pink is a favorite of hers and that's fine). What's not to love about about a book that encourages girls to get their hands dirty and dress however they want? The girls in the story ride bikes, play soccer, drive pick up trucks, get messy at meal time, and wear overalls - even to a ball. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cecilia
My daughter and I checked this book out from our local library, and we loved it! It describes different kinds of princesses - soccer players, dancers, bike riding girls - and they don't wear pink. It's wonderful to see this kind of attitude in a world that's full of pink, sassy attitudes, and "diva" in print across the butt of terry cloth pants. But, as the tag line in every princess description states, they all wear a sparkly crown. Too cute - perfect for any little girl. ...more
Asinate Haunga
“Not All Princesses Dress In Pink”
This book was about encouraging little girls that they don't have to dress like a princess to be a princess. I personally think this book is a good book to read to little girls. I would also personally recommend this book to every little girl who thinks that you have to wear a pink dress to be a princess.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was excited about this book just from the cover--with its bright, throw-back vintage-y looking illustrations, but felt the text was really lacking. The words did not flow for me at all. Was disappointed in this one.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book tells readers that not everyone has to dress the same and they can be different.this book could inspire little kids to dress freely.And it was very reppeditive about “sparkly crowns”I personally don't like this book but recommend it to kids like my last year kindergarten friend ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a girl that wants to be a badass and still wear pink or sparkles, this ensures her that she can. The only thing it could have had was a princess still in frilly pink and being a badass. Because not all princess wear pink...but some still do...cause why the hell not?
Matthew Harris
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great piece of children’s literature that has a great message! Highly recommended
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I guess it's probably ok for the girls who haven't gotten the message yet... but I'm not sure that they're part of a family that reads. The cover is the most appealing illustration by far, imo. ...more
Codi Rinehart
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: elm-572
This book Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen is an incredible read for both girls and boys. In my opinion, this story falls into the Realistic Fiction category, as it relates to real life situations that take place in young childrens lives. This book shows how not all girls dress in pink, and how some wear bright red socks that stink, but they still wear their sparkly crown making them a princess indeed. I think that this book does a great job portraying that all girls can be differe ...more
Princesses can wear smelly socks, play sports, build things, use tools, wear armor, get dirty, get kissed by the dog, play in the rain...As long as you don't forget your crown!

Super Empowering Book for young girls who want to wear the dress and also do things that a 'princess' wouldn't do...there's definitely undertone references in the illustrations like a Rosie the Riveter pose or a Wonder Woman lunchbox snuck into the illustrations. Plus it also features a very diverse international cast of
Linnea Shockey
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book shows the value in being yourself. It also shows that you shouldn’t use stereotypes like only girls wear pink and that girls can’t wear anything sporty, messy, etc.

I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I feel the color pink was down-graded and that it’s not good to wear pick. On the other hand, I feel that this sent the wonderful message of being able to dress in what you want, and also act how you want. Overall, I enjoyed this book, including the amazing illustrations, a
Yoel Arias
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I think this book is about girls that can do anything they want in there life and people judge them just because they're girls. It was showing people girls can do anything want to do.
I like this book because it has good art that kids would like. I also like the book because it shows that girls can do what boys can do. It also think that why can girls play with boys like in professional sports. This book also has a good message girls and boy and that's why I like it.

Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Perfect! All those princess books out there are basically designed to make girls feel important and unique. This one does it while leaving out the glitter and unicorns. Instead, there is such awesomeness as princesses who run races, build forts, escape the tower on their own, and roll in the mud. Thank GOD!
Kate Merriman
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Colorful, modern and energetic illustrations with a great message (points playfully made rather than hammered down) about how princesses sometimes like building things, playing sports and getting dirty (rather than just wearing pink.)

Loved it and can't wait to share it with the 6-year-old girl in my life.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this once a long while ago when I bought it for my niece, but I'm revisiting it for a feminist princess storytime option. The rhyme structure, the diversity, and the big bold colorful illustrations make it feel pretty perfect for a read-aloud! ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the way this book portrays young women. You definitely don't have to be all dressed up to be a princess! ...more
Tallon Dorough
Dec 03, 2019 added it
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Text to world
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink is a wonderful example of how everyone is different and there is nothing is wrong with that. Not everyone dresses the same or has the same likes and dislikes. The world is full of a variety of people with differences and that is what makes them special.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it was about how some princesses choose not to wear fancy shoes; some princesses wear red gowns; some princesses run laps; some princesses have ball and there's no piece of pink: no pink dabs anywhere! ...more
Cassandra Gelvin
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Some princesses dress in pink, though.

For a book that's clearly intended to show that not all princesses are the same, or girly, it sure seems obsessed with sparkly crowns. I wish there was at least one princess that didn't explicitly wear a sparkly crown in this book. The vast majority of them are highly athletic, which I guess is okay. Athleticism is not a very stereotypically female thing, but maybe some of them would be more interesting if they were shown as being useful to society instead o
Owesha Henry
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not all Princesses dress in Pink is a fictional book. I liked this book and the message it sends to young girls. Girls don't have to dress in a stereotypical "girly" way with pink fluffy dresses to be a girl. Dressing outside of the "norm" for girls does not take away from one's femininity and does not make a person less of a girl. Having said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with girls who feel comfortable being prissy and dressing "girly". This book is about a group of "princesses" weari ...more
Amanda Blackwell
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is realistic fiction that describes that not all princesses wear pink. It then explains that some princesses like to ride their bikes, get their nails dirty, and use power tools but they can still do all of this while wearing a sparkly crown.

In this book the girls are breaking the typical stereotype of princesses that never lift a finger and do what society defines as “girly.” This book can raise questions for girls and boys in the classroom about the roles for girls. Since may books
Danielle Rapoli
Summary/Review: Princesses aren 19t as prim and proper as one might think. They like to do much of the same types of rolling around in the mud and getting down as they slide into first base. It reflects the idea that you should always be true to who you are, no matter what expectations people have for you. You should still have fun and enjoy yourself as much as possible. Uses in classroom: 1. Teaching positive self-esteem 2. Think for yourself and not what others think. Paired Books: Babymouse s ...more
Allison D
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about all different princesses who do every kind of activity you can think of. It has each princess doing an activity that might make them dirty or seems like an activity a boy would do. Throughout the whole book each princess is wearing whatever they want and doing any activity all while wearing a sparkly crown.
This book shows that girls do not have to do the activities that societies tells them to do. Playing in the mud should be something all genders can do. Also even though the
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, this gets low stars from me because it is a book which frames all girls as princesses who can then be anything. Let me be clear: THIS IS NOT A 'BAD' BOOK. In fact, it is probably quite a brilliant option for those just learning to read (and read out loud to parents/siblings/whomever). It just sits a little young for me.

This is a poem broken down into a few lines per page to turn it into a book. The lines are modestly clever, but not witty. It does show girls displaying any number of talen
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more

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