For those of you living the Disney Princess stage. There is hope! Eventually, the obsession will fade. Fade is the keyword, not go completely away.
Adding some non-Disney princess books is harder than you think; especially if your child is 3. Below are some that ML has enjoyed:
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Williams
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
I read many books each year. Within a month, I have forgotten most of the books, especially the details. However, a paragraph from Cinderella Ate My Daughter has stayed with me since 2011. Read it below. Warning: you may find it creepy.
“I spoke with Mooney one day in his fittingly palatial office in Burbank, California. In a rolling, Scottish burr that was pretty darned Charming, he told me the now-legendary story: how, about a month into his tenure, he had flown to Phoenix to check out a “Disney on Ice” show and found himself surrounded by little girls in princess costumes. Princess costumes that were — horrors! – homemade. How had such a massive branding opportunity been overlooked? The very next day he called together his team and they began working on what would become known in-house as “Princess.” It was a risky move: Disney had never marketed it’s characters separately from a film’s release, and old-timers like Roy Disney considered it heresy to lump together those from different stories. That is why, these days, when the ladies appear on the same item, they never make eye contact. Each stares off in a slightly different direction, as if unaware of the others presence. Now that I have told you, you’ll always notice it. And let me tell you, it’s freaky.”
ONE FINAL WORD OF ADVICE:The Disney Princess books can be long and boring to read. If your kid can’t read, make up the words. You already know the stories so it’s easy to “read” an abridged version.