I Am a Super Girl! (Princess Truly #1)

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Princess Truly
This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Meet Princess Truly! With the help of her rocket boots and her magical, sparkly curls, she becomes a super girl and uses her smarts and strength to save the day. But when her friend Lizzie has a rescue mission of her own, Lizzie doesn't feel so super. Can Truly help her friend believe in herself and find her confidence?
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Kirkus Reviews

Young readers who admire Black Panther but need to see superheroes as young as they are will enjoy not only Princess Truly's magic hair and flightworthy boots, but also her confidence, creativity, and supportive attitude toward others... Readers will respond to this confident, can-do girl who demonstrates that magical adventures are easy to create.

Publisher's Weekly

Princess Truly makes the leap from picture books (Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls) to an illustrated early reader in this latest story. In short, mostly declarative sentences, Princess Truly, who has brown skin and twinkly hair puffs, explains that she's a "super girl" because she is "very mighty," "strong and smart," and has a "brave heart." Truly's "rainbow power," which Rauscher shows shooting from Truly's palms and feet, causes flowers to bloom. She averts disaster at a party when a birthday cake accidentally takes flight, and then again when her pet pug, Noodles, and his feline friend, Waffles, are carried away by balloons. Divided into three short stories and illustrated with energetic, colorful images that both mirror and deepen the text, this transitional chapter book is ideal for brand-new readers. Many children (and their caregivers) will also appreciate that, while Princess Truly does have magical skills, what makes her truly "super" is her kindness, empathy, and creative problem-solving. Ages 4-6. (Sept.)

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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.

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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
September 20, 2019
Princess Truly
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV034000 - Juvenile Fiction | Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV071000 - Juvenile Fiction | Superheroes
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Birthday parties

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