Like just about every other little girl in America, my daughter has been caught up in the princess craze. She especially loves the Disney princesses.
I love Disney princesses myself, but I’m old enough to realize that most of them are somewhat problematic as role models for little girls. For example, Belle is one of my favorites, but objectively speaking, teaching girls that you can “tame” a violent, selfish beast if you’re only sweet, kind, and pretty enough is an absolutely horrible idea!
It also frustrated me that most princess stories end one way and one way only: with the princess marrying the handsome prince and riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Real princesses sometimes get happy endings and sometimes don’t, just like anyone else. More importantly, for most real princesses, marrying the prince is the least noteworthy of their accomplishments! After all, these are women who ruled entire kingdoms, even empires. Their decisions had the potential to affect thousands and sometimes millions of lives, and to change the course of history.
I wanted to write something for my daughter that would give her a little more realistic an idea of what being a princess is really like (for most of history, it frankly kinda sucked, unless an arranged marriage and lots of babies are your cup of tea), while also highlighting some of the amazing girls and women who broke the mold and did something remarkable with their position.
The result was P is for Princess: The Extraordinary Lives of 26 Real-Life Princesses. It tells the stories of 26 real princesses from around the world and throughout history, including Elizabeth Tudor, Hatshepsut, Catherine the Great, Pingyang, Mumtaz Mahal, and Lili’uokalani.
P is for Princess is currently available only for Amazon Kindle. If you don’t own an Amazon Kindle but would like to read the book, Amazon has free reading apps for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.
- One-Eleven Books
- P is for Princess on LibraryThing
- P is for Princess on Goodreads
- P is for Princess on Shelfari
P is for Princess includes a geographical index and timeline as well as a selection of additional reading for young readers. I’m also developing a set of web extras, including more extensive bibliographies.