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

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Princess Truly

Princess Truly to the rescue!

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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?

These rhyming, funny, and empowering stories with full-color artwork and easy-to-read text throughout are perfect for new readers!


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Kirkus Reviews

Princess Truly returns…to save the day. In this third book about Princess Truly—and the first chapter book—the brown-skinned protagonist, who wears a red cape, a purple tutu, and magical white buttoned boots, attends the first-birthday party of her friend Lizzie’s cat, Waffles. When the exuberant Waffles crashes into the fish-shaped cake, Princess Truly calls on her “magic curls,” (styled into two sparkling puff-balls) to make a beautiful new one. During the party, Waffles gets tangled in the balloon strings and floats out the window, with Noodles, Truly’s trusty pug, holding on. Truly can save the pets, but only with Lizzie’s help. Lizzie panics, knowing she has no magic or extraordinary strength, but Truly convinces her that her smarts, bravery, and belief in herself are enough to do the job. 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. Rauscher’s pastel-colored watercolor images give readers plenty of details to find—especially animals behaving uncharacteristically. A page in the backmatter provides brief directions for readers to draw Princess Truly and write their own adventure stories. Readers will respond to this confident, can-do girl who demonstrates that magical adventures are easy to create. (Fantasy. 4-6)

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Publishers 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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Review quotes

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

"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." — Kirkus Reviews

"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." — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls

"Girls... will welcome this gleeful celebration of self-confidence and black girl magic." — Publishers Weekly

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

"Princess Truly is a bold and bright role model of positive self-image and embracing your unique diversity." —Booklist

Praise for Princess Truly in I Am Truly

Named a Best Book of 2017 by Essence Magazine

"The perfect choice for youngsters from pre-K to second grade." — Essence

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

"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

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.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781338339987
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
September 20, 2019
Series
Princess Truly

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