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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