Princess Truly in I Am Truly (Princess Truly)

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Princess Truly
Dream big with Princess Truly, an adorable new diverse character who knows she can be anything she wants to be!
One of Essence Magazine's Best Books of 2017

Princess Truly is strong and confident, beautiful and brave, bright and brilliant. She can do anything she sets her mind to...

I can fly to the moon
And dance on the stars.
I can tame wild lions...
And race fast cars.

Brimming with warmth and color, Princess Truly's rhythmic rhyming adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, and diversity. A perfect graduation gift, this heartfelt story is a reminder to young girls everywhere that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it...and dream big!
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--With a strong message of empowerment, this book is a simple story about a little girl of color who can dream and do anything she puts her mind to. A continuation of the series, this installment finds Truly sailing the seas, engineering a teddy bear machine, parachuting, and tying her shoes. The message of "I am special--and so are you" is sweet and to the point. Soft, pastel illustrations highlight the simple rhyming text. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries serving primary grades, this title is sure to become a quick favorite with readers of the series.--Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for Princess Truly in I Am Truly
"[T]he perfect choice for youngsters from pre-K to second grade." — Essence

"[A] celebration of boundless potential...positive, fun, and truly lively." — Kirkus

"Defies predictability...pair with Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer (2013) for another story about a strong, independent, capable girl." — Booklist

"No task is too small or too big for Princess Truly, who is every little girl in the world." — Texas Magazine

"With a strong message of empowerment, this book is a simple story about a little girl of color who can dream and do anything she puts her mind to." — School Library Journal

Praise for Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls
"[G]irls...will welcome this gleeful celebration of self-confidence and black girl magic." —Publisher's Weekly

"[E]xplores the magical potential of Afro hair...[a] home-away tale worth the trip." —Kirkus

"Princess Truly is a bold and bright role model of positive self-image and embracing your unique diversity." —Booklist
Kelly Greenawalt
KELLY GREENAWALT is a children's book author, wife, and mother of seven living just outside Houston, Texas. Princess Truly was inspired by her daughters, Calista and Kaia, who are smart, spunky, and have magical curls of their own.

AMARIAH RAUSCHER is an artist and illustrator specializing in luminous watercolor illustration. She lives with her husband and children in Illinois, where she enjoys drawing, painting, and bringing Princess Truly's newest journeys to life.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Orchard Books
Publication date
July 20, 2017
Princess Truly
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV001020 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Pirates
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Conduct of life

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